New Website

•November 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I recently launched my new website at  Please look for me there and sign up for my newsletter.  I’ll keep you appraised of special shows, workshops, and sales.

Summer 2015 Workshops and shows!

•April 28, 2015 • 7 Comments

tulip June 5,6 & 7 TRAC Studio Tour, open studio in Bakersville, NC with guest artists David Trophia, John Lara, Val Schnaufer, and Anna Johnson. Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-5.

copper ring and pendant 72dpiJune 19-22 Workshop- Flat to Fabulous, in my personal studio in Bakersville, NC, located in the beautiful mountains of NC about an hour from Asheville, NC, one of the country’s most popular cities.

Description: Add interest to your jewelry designs with surface texture, volume, and layers. Emphasis will be placed on planning and finishing techniques to achieve a professional look. Leave with several finished pieces including a brooch. This class is perfect for preparing to take the Drawing on Metal class. All levels welcome.  Cost: $490   Note: Does not include room and board


sterling copper pendantsJuly 28 & 29 Workshop- 2 day Fabrication Boot Camp in my personal studio in Bakersville, NC, located in the beautiful mountains of NC, about an hour from Asheville, NC, one of the country’s most popular cities.

Description: In a small class situation we will focus on building your skill level. Fine tune your filing, forming, forging, soldering, connections, planning and finishing.   This class is perfect for preparing to take the Drawing on Metal class. All levels welcome.   Cost:   $275    Note: does not include room and board

deb karash- daisyJuly 31- August 4 – Drawing on Metal at Wild Acres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC, a beautiful setting in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains just an hour from Asheville, NC

Description:   This class focuses on my technique for drawing on metal with colored pencils. Learn to add color and excitement to your work with my special technique.   We will work on design and finishing as well. All levels welcome.  Cost:  $995   Note: cost includes room and board (shared room/17 meals)

copper gear flower September 21-25 – 5-5-10 (5 days, 5 projects, 10 techniques)   This fun, fast paced class will focus on fabrication techniques, creating surface interest and volume, connection techniques, and finishing.  All levels welcome.

Location: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN

Registration information:


Fall in the mountains

•September 8, 2014 • 2 Comments

division w-window 72I’m getting excited about my fall workshops! I love teaching and it’s always exciting to meet new students. These will be the last workshops in Bakersville. After that I will be moving the studio to Asheville. The October workshop at Wild Acres is such a great deal. You not only get the workshop but you also get food and lodging in a beautiful location at the very best time of year. It’s really such a privilege to be able to run a workshop there. I hope to see some new faces and some familiar ones, as well.   And thanks, Art Jewelry Magazine, for including this piece in the new Making Metal Jewelry!   For those considering a class with me, the colored pencil technique in the magazine is not my technique, in case you were wondering.

Fall Workshops

•August 22, 2014 • 3 Comments

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Drawing on Metal, October 1-5, 2014  at Wild Acres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC

$975.00   All food and lodging included in a beautiful mountain retreat.  Students will learn how to apply my Prismacolor Drawing technique to jewelry. You need not have any drawing experience to get a lot from the class.  Class size limited to 12, e-mail for registration details.

Check in Wednesday morning, have lunch, start class.  Class schedule:

Wed. 1- 5:30 (dinner break) 7- 9:00

Thurs.   9:30 – lunch – 5:30 – dinner – 7- 9

Fri. 9:30 – lunch – 5:30 – dinner – 7- 9

Sat. 9:30 – lunch – 5:30 – dinner – 7- 9

Sun. 9:30- 2 – clean up studio – optional dinner at Pizza Shop in Spruce Pine.

"Pin Me" at Terri McCarthy Studios and  5-5-10 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Pin Me, fabrication class, November 6-9, 2014 at my studio in Bakersville, NC.

Take your jewelry to the next level. We will cover texture, proper application of commercial pin findings, rivets, and paste solder. I will show you simple ways to create a more professional looking piece.

$425.00 – Includes lunch and an after school cocktail each evening.  Class is limited to 6 students so there is ample time for individual attention. It’s a great class for beginning to intermediate students.  E-mail for registration details.

Class runs from 10 AM to 6 PM, Thursday through Saturday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday


Drawing on Metal, November 17-21, 2014 at my studio in Bakersville, NC

$750.00 Includes lunch and an after school cocktail each evening. Students will learn how to apply my Prismacolor Drawing technique to jewelry and other metal work. You need not have any drawing experience to enjoy this class.  Class is limited to 8 students so there is ample time for individual attention.  E-mail for registration details.

Class runs from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

Workshop Announcements coming soon…

•August 19, 2014 • 10 Comments

cardboard boothbarbara's beeI’m working on planning fall workshops and I will be announcing at least one Drawing on Metal workshop and one fabrication workshop in the next few days so stay tuned! Class size will be limited and there were a few folks who waited too long to sign up for the Drawing on Metal workshop at Wild Acres and missed out.  Also, I will tell you all about my trip to San Francisco for the ACC show.  Here is a pic of the cardboard booth we built on site.  It was a big hit.

Studio Tour this weekend!

•June 5, 2014 • 1 Comment
large flower pin/pendant

large flower pin/pendant

This weekend is the Toe River Arts Council studio tour. It’s a great opportunity to visit your favorite artists in their studios and discover new artists, as well. I will be in my studio at 60 S. Mitchell Ave in downtown Bakersville along with David Trophia jewelry, John Lara jewelry, and Valerie Schnaufer ceramics. We’ll be having a good time and we hope that you can stop by for cocktail and see our new work. The studio will be open Friday, June 6 from 12-4, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-5. Our number on the tour map is 35. It’s the bright blue building.

Drawing on Metal Workshop July 14-18

•April 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It looks like there are only 2 spots left in the Drawing on Metal class in July at beautiful Wild Acres Retreat.  E-mail me at for a registration form.  I will also create a waiting list for a possible class in the fall.    Join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  You will find that Wild Acres Retreat is a special place for getting in touch with your creativity.


#8 pin/pendant 1.5"x2.5" $475.00

#8 pin/pendant

Drawing on Metal class!

•March 29, 2014 • 8 Comments

I will be teaching Drawing on Metal – July 14 through 18, 2014.

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Class will cover my technique for applying color to copper and some fabrication based on time available.

Class size is limited to 8 students to allow for plenty of individual attention.   $975 covers class, lodging (shared room) and meals from the evening of July 13 through breakfast on July 19.   Class will run from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with open studio in the evening. Wild Acres is a beautiful retreat located in the mountains of North Carolina.  We will be in the company of many other artists in various media so there will be lot’s of creative energy.  You can check out the venue at their website  If you are interested in registering for class you can do so by e-mailing me at

Come hang out in the mountains with me, make some colorful jewelry, drink some wine, go on a hike, make new friends….a good time will be had by all!wildcares_amphthtHP


Big change in my little world

•January 24, 2014 • 23 Comments
fall workshop

fall workshop

You may have noticed that I have not posted in a long time.  Shortly after my last post I had a bit of health crisis and ended up in the hospital for 16 days.  I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, stage one.  It is very treatable and I am going to be just fine but it means going through chemotherapy for the next 4 months or so.  That part is a bit rough, though so far, only a few bad days and mostly I feel fine.   Deb Karash Jewelry is still in business!  I am still planning to be at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore in February but if I see you there, I won’t be able to hug you.  Avoiding germs is a full time job these days because the chemo compromises your immune system.

Many of you were hoping for a spring break workshop this year but I just don’t know how I will be feeling by then so I’m afraid to schedule anything.  If you are wanting to do the Drawing on Metal Workshop in my North Carolina studio this year, please send me an email at and let me know 3 weeks that would work for you.  That way I can schedule something that works for the most people.    I will probably do a couple of them this summer so stay tuned to this blog for the dates.  I’m really missing my students and I’m looking forward to teaching after the chemo is finished.

I hope that you are staying warm and working hard in your studios.  I love to see pics of what you all are doing.

Like going home

•November 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

IMGP0739This Saturday, November 23, I will be back in Marshall, NC to take part in the Marshall Handmade Market. We started this show when I still had my studio at Marshall High Studios and it still has that homey feeling that comes from a group of friends getting together to throw a party, but at this party you get to take home some great art and craft. Marshall has a special kind of charm that I have always struggled to put into words but it will always feel a bit like home to me. Maybe that’s because it was the first place I landed when I moved to North Carolina. It’s where I made friends and established my place in the WNC arts community. It’s where my relationship grew and my work flourished. Many of you have heard me go all gooey about Marshall before but that’s okay because it’s sincere. It’s a special place and I can’t wait to see my friends in Marshall this Saturday.  David will be joining me in my booth with his very popular mica earrings,  Come on out and spend the day in this charming place enjoying some great art. Have a bite to eat, stroll along the French Broad River, and take home something special for the holidays. You can read all about it in the Mountain Express at