DB/CB Jewelry is the brainchild of Debra Baxter, a jewelry designer and sculptor. Debra realized after making her first Crystal Brass Knuckles that her sculptures were incredibly powerful ON the body. In 2010 she began making wearable pieces that highlight the magic of the minerals used, invoking a performative nature in the jewelry and imbuing power in the wearer. Each piece is one of a kind, made with a lot of heart.
Baxter received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter has received an Artist Trust Individual Artist Grant, three 4Culture Individual Project Grants in Seattle, Washington, and was recently nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.
Baxter’s work has been featured in Zoo Magazine (Germany), Edelweiss Magazine (Switzerland), Zink, art ltd., Design Bureau, and Sculpture, Seattle Magazine, as well as hundreds of blogs all over the world. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows including We Care a Lot at Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; ALL I EVER WANTED, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA; So Proud of You, Howard House, Seattle, WA; and Debra Baxter, Massimo Audiello, New York, NY. Her work was also included in Protective Ornament, an exhibition curated by Suzanne Ramjak for the Memphis Metals Museum which traveled to the Tacoma Art Museum. Other group exhibitions include: Making Mends, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Death and Other Objects, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; and Woman in the Director’s Chair, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Baxter’s wearable sculpture piece Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty) is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and will be in the re-installation of the Renwick Gallery’s Permanent Collection, opening July 1, 2016.
Baxter has created two artist’s books: Wanting is Easier than Having, and 100 Days of Sculpture, both published by Publication Studio in Portland, Oregon.