The ocean runs deep through Barry Clarke’s life and making practice. Boats, birds, fish, the land and the sea are subject matter he has worked with throughout his career.
Like ancient treasures pulled from the bottom of the sea, Barry Clark’s jewels are rich and raw, revealing their ancient Grecian influences. Working masterfully with unpolished gems, gold and silver, he makes gestural, symbolic pieces that feel powerful and unpretentious.
“I was born in Surrey, England in 1946, but have lived in New Zealand on and off since the 80’s and permanently since 1991.
I have always painted and studied art informally. I am a self taught painter and Jewellery maker. I am influenced by the Minoan, Cycladic and Celtic cultures as well as the modern artists, Brancusi, Picasso, Giocometti and Marini.”
Clarke’s tin and enamel ships are favourites amongst art-lovers, some of whom collect them to create fleets on the walls of their homes.
“I went to sea as a boy in the British Merchant Navy (1963 - 172) and came to New Zealand in 1972 and began painting.
Ships like the "English Star', 'Queen Mary', 'Cape Howe' and 'Loch Avon', many of which I worked on, all have stories to tell.”
Sterling Silver Ring with 18ct gold Surround and Splash Aquamarine stone Size 'T'
Sterling Silver ‘Flying Bird’ Brooch with 18ct gold splashes and a 5ml Aqua stone eye. 70mm length
Sterling Silver with 18ct gold surround Chrysoprase stone Size 'M'
Sterling Silver with chrysoprase and 18ct gold surround
Beautiful handmade sterling silver rings with hammered illustrative detailing, each ring is made to order so please contact us to commission a piece unique to you. Handmade by master jeweller,...
Sterling Silver Fish Brooch with 18ct Gold Splash and Ruby Eye 8.5cm in length
Sterling Silver Groove Barrel Earring with 18ct Gold Splash. Red Jade Bead 3.5 cm drop
Sterling Silver with 18ct gold surround Lapis stone
Sterling Silver with 18ct gold surround Lapis stone Size 'N'
18ct Gold and Sterling Silver Stud Earring
Large polished stone set in Sterling Silver by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Polished amethyst stone set in gold and sterling silver by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Gold and sterling silver ring by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Black granite set in gold and sterling silver by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Large polished carnelian and sterling silver by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Light Aqua, gold and sterling silver ring by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Sterling Silver with 18ct gold surround Chrysoprase oval stone S
Peridot, gold and sterling silver ring with spotted carving by master jeweller Barry Clarke.
Sterling silver and 18ct gold surround Rose Quartz
Sterling silver bird earrings with 18ct gold details and a sapphire round. Handmade by master jeweller, Barry Clark.
Sterling silver hand shaped earrings with 18ct gold detailing. Handmade by master jeweller, Barry Clark.