Born to Dutch parents in South Africa in1947, I trained as a ceramic designer at Johannesburg College of Art from 1965-68. This was followed by a post as designer of lamps and ceramic wall cladding for a company producing architectural ceramics. Through contact with architects, opportunities arose for freelance mural making which gave me the freedom to experiment with technical and stylistic elements. I created interior and exterior murals, enjoying the challenge of exciting architectural settings, including a two-storey atrium. These began as purely ceramic panels, but I gradually introduced metal in combination until eventually the metal became the focal point.
I left South Africa in 1971, and took work as assistant to designer jeweller Geertje Pijper in Amsterdam where my interest in jewellery grew and I enrolled in evening classes. In 1979, together with my woodworker husband Nick Barberton and our two small children we moved to Britain. Here I have established a place for myself as a studio-jeweller. My work has been seen at Craft Council shows, on their website and at ‘Chelsea’, ‘Sieraad' in Amsterdam. ‘Loot’ New York, and ‘Dazzle’ London.
I went on an exhibition trip to Philadelphia in 2003 with the Craft Council and San Francisco in 1997.
Galleries inThe Netherlands, France, U.S.A. and Japan have been representing my work over many years. Photographs of my work have appeared in various publications.