Barbara Heinrich uses her formidable technical skills to create jewels that express her own interest in the emotion and spirit of creativity. She is drawn to graphic forms – circle, square, wedge – for their simplicity, which she transforms and enhances by intricate surface textures of matte and polished gold. Heinrich downplays her masterful technique in describing the creation of her jewels: “I am convinced that neither precious materials nor my technical skills as a goldsmith make my jewelry precious. What makes the pieces meaningful and precious are the thoughts and concepts, as well as the spirit and love, which the artist expresses in his work.”
Barbara Heinrich was born in Germany, where she underwent a formal apprenticeship as a goldsmith and received an M.F.A. in jewelry and hollowware design from the Fachhochschule fur Gestaltung in Pforzheim. She received and M.F.A also from the School for American Craftsmen of the Rochester Institute of Technology.