After many years of creating jewelry, Barbara W. Stanger was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in NYC to design and produce ornaments of four sailing ships. This was the beginning of Aurna Enterprises.
I went to Syracuse University, BFA, then did graduate work at Philadelphia School of Art (now University of the Arts) where I took jewelry classes and started selling my work.
In 1953, I taught Art at Jr. High School, Yardley, PA and sold my first piece, a sterling silver necklace with plique-a-jour enamel, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
Returned to school and attended Tyler School of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA. There, I studied with jeweler Stanley Lechtzin and my work became more 3-dimensional. Soon after, I went to Kean College (now Kean University), MA.
Over the next 15 years, my work was accepted in numerous exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the American Folk Art Museum) NYC, Young Americans/Young Scandinavians; American Craft Council, Springfield MA and more.
Started Aurna Enterprises, designing and making original contemporary ornaments, first gold-plated brass and then verdigris brass, sold in stores all over the USA. Continued making one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Exhibited and sold at the Buyers Market of American Crafts. Taught jewelry making at Kean College, Union NJ, Montclair State College, Montclair NJ, Summit Art Center, Summit NJ (now Summit Center for the Arts). Susan E. Stanger (Brown University, BA Fine Arts, Syracuse University, MA, Illustration) contributes designs to Aurna’s catalog.
Started selling jewelry on Aurna.com and redesigned the website to reflect the breadth and variety of my work.