Penelope Barnhill

Penelope Barnhill completed a Diploma in Visual Communications/Craft Design in 1990, majoring in Print Making and Sculpture/3D Design. A grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council in 1993 enabled her to set up her own studio, launching a career as a full-time jeweller which has now spanned almost 30 years.

Barnhill’s jewellery is delicate, feminine and romantic, incorporating religious symbolism and Pacific influences.  She uses gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones, glass, dried roses and other materials to translate her feelings, emotions and memories into desirable pieces of wearable art.

Barnhill has exhibited in Munich, Paris, New York, New Orleans, Sydney, Rarotonga and throughout New Zealand.  Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Dowse Art Museum and Auckland Museum.

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