Barbara Lewis earned a degree in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, Washington, D. C. In addition to her studio work, Barbara has actively advocated for the arts. She served as Executive Director of her county arts council, was recognized for her contributions to the arts by First Lady of Maryland, Frances Glendening, created her county’s first cooperative gallery and ceramic guild, and gave testimony before the Maryland Senate Appropriations Committee on behalf of the funding request of Baltimore Clayworks.
As far as her studio work, Barbara has won several awards for her ceramic vessels at juried exhibits in the Washington, DC Area. Her focus shifted from ceramics to jewelry after a shoulder injury. Barbara applies the principles of firing gas kilns to firing small torches in creating her torch-fired enamel jewelry. In addition, she holds a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a simple tool used in her enameling approach.
Barbara’s interest in writing and teaching resulted in her first book, “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire,” named Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon, competing against over 200,000 titles in that category. Her second book, published in 2014, was also well received. In addition, Barbara is an educator on the subject of torch-fired enamel on Craftsy, a premier online education site.
She has pioneered several enameling and jewelry-making techniques that have earned her a reputation of working “outside the box.” It is this playtime in the studio that keeps her work looking fresh and unique.
Painting with Fire Studio