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Cartouche River Pebbles Vessel - Holding Place

Materials: 14k white, 18k yellow , various gemstones
Dimensions: 50mm long

A Visual Vessel, this piece evokes the idea of pebbles being dropped into an elongated container, and landing where they will.

Photo credit: Rona Fisher

Rona Fisher
Rona Fisher Jewelry Design
Philadelphia, PA. USA

Being an artist is what gets me up in the morning- thinking about a new design, and about making that piece gives me energy and an optimism that I can’t imagine being without.

Inspiration is everywhere! In human-made structures such as bridges and buildings, to the very basics of being in the desert in Arizona with nobody around.

Rivers play an important part in my work- the irregular river banks and the flowing of water and the feeling of looking down into clear, clean water and studying the pattern of the River Pebbles- it’s memorizing and it’s a simple appreciation of how things are when left alone that I like to convey in my jewelry-making.

formally trained as a fine arts painter, making the jump to jewelry-making was simply a matter of practicing the techniques. The inspiration is first- technique without inspiration is meaningless.

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.