Meet the Designer

Barbara Kirtz Haplea


1963 - 1965 Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia

1976 - 1992 Designed and manufactured enamels, some belt buckles on leather

1980 - 1982 Designed and built stained glass windows for customers

1984 Current wholesale to store

1987 Current retail through juried art shows


BA in psychology from Case-Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio

1989 - 1990 Classes in metals and jewelry at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1991 - 2001 Classes in lost wax casting process

Awards and Recognitions

1987 Best of Show, Warren Celebration Art Festival

1990 2nd Place, Akron Art Expo

1991 Full cover page on national magazine; Sunshine Artist (August Issue)

1993 Purchase Award, Canton Art Festival

1995 Honorable Mention, Westerville Art Festival

1996 First Place, Hudson Art on the Green

1996 First Place, Westerville Art Festival

1997 Purchase Award, Black Swamp Art Festival

1997 Purchase Award, Berea Art Festival

1997 Honorable Mention, Hudson Art on the Green

1998 Third Place, Toledo Art on the Mall

1999 Honorable Mention, Delaware Arts Festival

2003 Third Place, Medina Art in the Park

2004 Third Place, Medina Art in the Park

2005 Kalamazoo 3rd Place

2005 Medina 3rd Place

2006 Medina 2nd Place