Friday, 8 April 2016


 'Honey Bee' pendant
18ct yellow gold

'Honey Petal' earrings
18ct yellow gold

Hello lovelies
Apologies once again for the lack of presence here lately. I have been busy setting up my new Etsy shop, (something I have planned to do for a good few years now!) which I am very excited about. I have added mainly new pieces on there with these two beautiful 18ct gold pieces above. Along with them are a number of silver pieces, some with stones and prices range between £30 and £265 just now.
To celebrate launching into the world of Etsy, I am offering my Facebook followers a 10% discount on all purchases over £50 until the 18th April. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, head over to my facebook page where you will find the promotion code. If you could like my page while you're there (if you haven't done so already), that would be lovely :-)
I am also offering free delivery within the UK on my Etsy shop and not forgetting the free worldwide delivery on all purchases from my website shop. I am hoping to update my own website real soon, so I'll keep you posted :-)

Have a lovely weekend :-)

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Christmas at Coburg is coming!

 Floral Blanket necklace
Silver & Coral

Mis-match earrings
Sample Sale Box
From £15

I can't believe another Open Studios has come around once again. I do love an Open Studios weekend and especially the winter one. It's when it really starts to begin to feel like Christmas :-) This one is definitely not one to be missed. You are all invited to our special opening on Friday night. There will of course be wine :-) There will be instrumental acoustic music by the very talented William Ancell from Under The Dogwood Tree once again. Also, new to our Open Studio weekends, we are having a prize draw where one lucky winner can win £100 to buy something from their favourite artist or maker.

Over the weekend we welcome Daniel's Swiss Bakery for the first time, who will be situated in the gallery. You'll be able to stop and grab a coffee and something sweet or savoury. I am especially looking forward to this :-)

Above is an old favourite, the 'Floral Blanket' necklace. I haven't made anything from this collection in a while, but thought these beautiful faceted coral beads would suit the shapes very well. I will also have some pieces from my new 'Acorns & Honey' collection on show, amongst others.
As usual, I will have my Sample Sale Box with huge reductions on many pieces. The new mis-match earrings (above) in the sale box went down a storm at the last Open Studios, so I thought I'd make some more. They are all odd elements from my scrap box that I have put together to match but not match if you know what I mean :-) They make the perfect wee Christmas gift.

If you'd like to visit the Coburg website, you can view many of the artists and makers on there before you come along next weekend.

I look forward to seeing some of you there and if not have a fantastic festive season :-)

Best wishes

Thursday, 30 July 2015

'Acorns or Violas' at our Summer Open Studios

 'Acorn' Necklace
Silver, 18ct yellow gold & labradorites

 'Acorn' long pendant

 'Viola' earrings

This week I posted a couple of photos of these new pieces on Instagram. I couldn't decide whether they look like acorns or strawberries. After a couple of comments suggesting the earrings looked like violas, I named them just that and the necklaces 'acorns'.
These pieces will be on show at our Open Studios event next weekend. Some will be displayed in the gallery and some in my studio amongst my other collections. You can see some work of the other artists who will be opening their doors also, on our website.
As usual I will have my sample sale and reduced pieces from old collections. This time I have delved into my scrap and 'odd elements' box and put some mis-match earrings together. I'm loving them and thinking I might just have to keep a couple of pairs for myself.
I will also be available to chat about Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshops, so do come up and say hello if you interested.

Above is an invite to the private view for all you lovely followers. However, if you can't make it on Friday, we will be open as usual on Sat 8th and Sun 9th 11am - 6pm.
I hope to see some of you there.

Donna x

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Rosey Christmas Open Studios at Coburg

 Spotty Hydrangea Necklace
Silver, garnets and rose quartz

Hydrangea and loop pendant
silver, garnets & rose quartz

This week it's all about the Coburg House Open Studios. The jewellery is almost finished, now onwards with displays, painting, tidying and decorating.

Above is an invite to the private view for all you lovely followers. There will be a 20% discount on all Donna Barry pieces including these newbies above for blog followers only. Just mention my blog during Open Studios, that is all :-) As usual there will be my end of line and sample sale with amazing reductions. There maybe something still in there that you may have set your sights on before, only now it may be even less in price!

Friday night, the very awesome William Ancell from Edinburgh's finest Americana and folk band, Under The Dogwood Tree will be playing guitar in the gallery. Not only that, but Edinburgh Gin have very kindly sponsored us and will be just across from William serving special 'Coburg' Cocktails. It really is an Open studios not to be missed!

There are a few new names in the building and there has been a lot of shuffling of studios, so make sure you read the map or you might miss your favourite artist. Myself and Kaz Robertson are still in the same place. Sudio 46, in the Loft, first studio you come to.

Hope to see you there!

Donna x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

'Petals & Pearls' at Coburg Open Studios

 Oval Petal and Pearl Necklace
Silver, 18ct gold and freshwater pearls

 Oval petal earrings
silver and 18ct gold

Otis wanting to play in the studio

I've finally gone and introduced pearls to my work and I'm loving them. So much so, I've used them all up. I will need to pay a visit to Hatton Garden very soon I think.
The 'Oval petal' range is still going strong after a good few years as they are popular designs. It's lovely to see them being transformed though with these pretty pearls. Perfect for bridal jewellery or special occasions. You'll be able to see these new pieces at the Coburg Open Studios in just over a week's time.

Here's an invitation to the Private view. There will be my usual sample sale and reductions box with big discounts across the whole weekend. I'm personally looking forward to a good look around the studios myself and hopefully catch some good bargains.

Otis may make a guest appearance too!

Hope to see some of you there :-)

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

'Spotlight' Exhibition at Mobilia

This has been a long time coming and now finally, I can show you what I've been busy doing over the last few months. The two brand new pieces above (Fused Ovals Neck piece and Oval leaves earrings) are heading off to Boston in the US tomorrow along with a group of other special one-off pieces. Myself and Kaz Robertson have been working with a very well established and reputable gallery called Mobilia over the last twelve years. We were first introduced to Libby and JoAnne (owners of Mobilia Gallery) by our head of department, Dorothy Hogg MBE, at ECA in our final year. Since then we've exhibited with them in many shows over the years. Now they have asked us if we would like to do a joint 'Spotlight' exhibition. This has taken a number of months to get together alongside our other work for galleries, wedding ring workshops and the arrival of my new Boston Terrier pup, Otis. Thought you dog lovers out there might like a wee picture of him thrown in there too :-)

The exhibition kicks off on the 15th May and is on until 23rd June. For further details click here. If you're in the area, do go in and have a look. We wish we were going!

More exhibitions are in the pipeline for 2014. Keep checking down the right hand side for updates on forthcoming exhibitions.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The spots are back this Open Studios!

 Spotty Hydrangea Necklace
silver, labradorites & rose quartz

Spotty Hydrangea earrings

Apologies for my lateness with providing Open Studios details. I've usually done my post before now, but I've been having trouble getting into my blogger account. At last, I'm in! 

It has been a pretty busy couple of months getting all my galleries restocked and refreshed for Christmas and I am now almost ready for Coburg House Open Studios, starting on Friday evening. Well, myself and Kaz Robertson still have a lot to do which includes much cleaning and making the place look festive! You are all welcome to come along to our Private View this Friday (details above). If you can't make it along for a glass of vino, then do try and make it over the weekend (Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm). It really is the perfect chance to get some unique Christmas presents and for yourself too ;-)
I will be having a big clear out with up to 70% discount and even more on some sample and 'end of line' pieces. 

If you have followed my work since my degree show back in 2001, you will remember my signature spotty imprint on some of my pieces. This started off as a happy accident when I begun to fuse silver sheet pieces on a jeweller's honeycomb brick (used for soldering). Well, somewhere along the way, I lost the technique of spot catching. The heat of the torch, the length of time involved fusing and the brick itself are all important when creating this spotty pattern.  After finding some old bricks (they used to have  a smoother texture than they do now), I have managed to produce the spots again! I have missed them :-) Above are a couple pieces from my new 'Hydrangea' collection with my honey comb spots :-) These will be on display on the weekend amongst lots of other treasures.

If you can't make it to the Open Studios you are quite welcome to arrange an appointment with me on another day or you can visit my online shop at

Have a very happy Christmas if I don't see you.
Best wishes