Monday, January 28, 2013

Jessie Barnhouse Of Sparkles And Mud

Jessie Barnhouse is the creative genius behind Sparkles and Mud on  She started her company in 2010 in Alesa, Oregon. She lives tucked away in the coastal mountain range with her Army National Guard husband, her two boys, a step daughter who visits from time to time and a giant dog who doubles as a foot warmer.  She pulls her inspirations from nature but also from modern industry and is a master at combining both, as evidenced by her work.  She has been creating art for as long as she can remember.  She comes from a creative family, including her sister who is a talented quilter.

Like most creative people, she admits to creating in uncontrolled chaos, devoting only 1% of her time to organizing her work space.  Out of that chaos comes work that is dramatic, whimsical, and her use of different materials enables her to create pieces that are both dramatic, striking and eye catching. 

She has been making jewelry for so long, she couldn't say when she made her first piece.  After she learned to sculpt with clay, she decided to include scraps of clay from her sculpting into her jewelry pieces.

This  Lovely Layers OOAK Porcelain Pendant   is a wonderful example of her talent and attention to detail.  The two different sized porcelain disks have been impressed with different textures  and glazed, then accented with an antiqued  brass center, bail, chain and lobster claw clasp.

 Impressions Of A Winter Fern  is another wonderful example of her work in clay.  The impression was taken from a live fern, then glazed and given a brass chain, bale and clasp.

This talented artist doesn't confine herself to one medium.  She is an amazing metal artist, as well.  These earrings caught my eye when I was browsing her shop on

 They are called Alternate Personalitys Earrings  They are disks of aluminum that have been embossed, then given a bronze patina.  Golden fresh water pearls and nickel free brass ear wire complete this fun and funky pair of earrings.

These Organic Geometry Aluminum and Brass Earrings would be a whimsical  addition to anyone's earring collection

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