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Highly recommend Barbara Kennedy as an instructor. Whether you simply want to have a fun experience and create something great, or you want to learn a new trade from scratch, do yourself a favor and book your time. She has the knowledge and can teach you just about anything you can imagine! I have been taking private classes for 8 months and am thrilled with what I can now create. Barbara goes at your pace, is encouraging, really knows her trade and is a truly wonderful person on top of it! I cannot say enough, thank you Barbara for all you have taught me so far, looking forward to my next session.

-Bhakti Sasya, Portland OR

Barbara is a gem! I have worked with her personally and I have sent many happy customers to her through my gemstone business. She loves to help you design/create the perfect piece of jewelry. She is an amazing designer and I have had nothing but great reports from my customers. It gives me peace of mind to have a local jeweler that I can trust to treat my customers right and help them create the jewelry piece of their dreams.

Sam Lutskovsky, Portland Oregon

Barbara Kennedy, Artisans of Metal and Thread, initially resized and repaired my wedding ring and my keepsakes.

Even more special was attending an informative fun workshop with my daughter, AmyJo Korynta and my granddaughters.  Barbara had all the tools and taught us how to make some special keepsake rings.

Debra Cote, Portland Oregon

Thanks Barbara for helping me get my wife the chain for mothers day she loved it.  It met my needs.  Its strong, the baby won’t break it and if it does break its nice to know you can fix it too. Thanks for your service.

Joseph Y., Portland, Oregon

Barbara does it all.  You have to check out this amazing jewelry shop.  Engagement rings and wedding bands are her specialty.  She has independent diamond brokers, does custom work, and can create a near exact match of almost any piece.  Don’t pay extra for tons of sales people or big box stores.  Talk to Barbara.

Chris S., Beaverton, Oregon

Thank you for the beautiful gift for my wife.  She’s very picky about her jewelry likes and when she saw your sterling and black pearl necklace in your window her smile made me know I had to purchase it for her.

Ernestine Morris

Barbara Kennedy of Artisans of Metal and Thread is an exceptional jeweler!! She has both her own line (from which I have bough multiple pieces) and can repair or remake your old jewelry at a very reasonable price. I trusted her to fix my great grandmother’s 18 karat gold engagement ring, and I’m so glad I did. She made it look better than it ever had! She has the credential and training that exceeds most other jewelers in town AND she’s affordable.

I highly recommend checking out one of her classes – affordable, fun, and you walk away with a handmade treasure. Kids and adults alike can have a lot of fun! A truly unique Portland outing!

Thank you Barbara!

Emma A., Portland, Oregon

Barbara is an excellent teacher.  She takes the time necessary to show you how to create the piece and then lets you do it.  You get the one-on-one help you need to succeed.  I would highly recommend her classes!

S.H., San Francisco, California

I got a gift certificate for a jewelry class as I was interested in learning more about silversmithing and hand forging. Barb was not only knowledgeable, but also a great teacher. She is super personable and I recommend anyone who is looking at a class for a girls night out or to further jewelry knowledge, to her. She is the only person I would trust to guide me through jewelry making. She is beyond amazing and her classes have given me the knowledge to take my small jewelry business further as well as given me more confidence to try new things.

If you haven’t taken a class with her you are seriously missing out.

Tanya Evans, Portland Oregon