Barbara Mullally is a jewellery maker who has honed her craft over many years through courses and workshops lead by many of Canada’s most talented artists in the field.
She had a successful career with the federal government, has been a primary organizer of her region’s highly popular annual studio tour for over 20 years and is a knowledgeable Docent at the National Gallery of Canada. She lives with her husband artist Robert Pauly in Clayton, Ontario.
Barbara fabricates pendants, brooches, rings and earrings in sterling silver, copper, brass, semi-precious stones, bone and found materials. Her narrative pieces evolve from Celtic folklore and nostalgic ephemera.Her anthropomorphic Critter Series includes expressively carved bone faces attached to winged bodies, and her carefully hammered 3-d pod earrings gently reveal pearls nested inside. In recent years she has been working with enamel on copper, producing amorphic-shaped pieces in brilliant colours.
“I am always learning and exploring new ideas, materials and fabrication techniques. As long as there are technical and creative challenges, I will hammer on. I love to work in metal, am seduced by the fire, tools, the malleability and transformational qualities of the materials.” – B. Mullally