Barbara Seidenath

Senior Critic - Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Barbara Seidenath is a trained jeweler educated in Germany, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Professor Hermann Jünger. She earned an MFA in Jewelry and a BFA in Goldsmithing at the State School for Glass and Jewelry in Neugablonz before relocating to the US in 1990. She has been a steady member of RISD’s adjunct faculty for many years while also teaching at other colleges and nonprofit organizations throughout the US. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with students and teaching by example. She aims to lead and empower her students to be competent, thoughtful makers and independently thinking artists.

What continues to fascinate Seidenath about jewelry is its ability to communicate a rich diversity of cultural, social and emotional values. An equally important part of her career is her artistic work in her studio, located in Pawtucket, RI, where she creates both one-of-a-kind pieces and small-scale collections. Throughout her career her deep interest and focus in the studio has been enameling.

Seidenath’s work has been published in Metalsmith Magazine, and you can find her pieces in the collection of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum and the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.

Fall 2022

  • JM-4405-01 Jr Metal Forming + Casting
  • JM-4440-01 Sophomore History Of Adornment

Wintersession 2023

  • JM-8900-01 ISP Major

Spring 2023

  • JM-4434-01 Sophomore Smithing + Jewelry