BleuMoon - Holding Place

Materials: 18 Carat gold moonstone
Dimensions: 1 1/2 Inch 27 mm

This golden Ash Sanctuary is called Bleumoon.
The moonstone fitted in it is open on the underside, but sealed with n silicone ring. The idea behind it is there is always (moon)light that lights the ashes it contains.

Photo credit: Ron Heijenrath

Ron Heijenrath
Ron Heijenrath Edelsmid
kerkrade, Netherlands

I live in the Netherlands near the German and Belgium Border. My career as goldsmith started when I was 16 years old and learned the basics of goldsmithing at the Vakschool in Schoonhoven. I worked in several shops to learn the ins and outs. Also did workshops in Germany and Belgium to get qualified in things like coloring metal, enameling, gem setting and so on. And when I thought I was qualified enough I started my own little business that’s 15 years ago now, and it still makes my happy every day especially when an new piece is picked up by a costumer and I see a smile on his face. I see my self more as a craftsman than as a artist. Yes you surely need a creative mind and a feel for design but on the end of the month there are bills to pay, so its not only art that left my little “atelier” it’s also the place to have your jewelry repaired and maintained.

Regards, Ron Heijenrath.

These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.

Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.

As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.

In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse’, gemstones and found objects.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet jewelry site.