Casa catarina - Holding Place

Materials: silver crystal
Dimensions: 30 x 22 x 18mm

This work is born out of feelings, memories, thoughts and dreams that materialize into contemporary jewelry language.
A hollow ring in which the secret lucky ladybug lives.

Photo credit: damian wasser

Maria Solorzano
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires. Argentina

Maria’s Design work is about creating valuable pieces that can be directly related with reflection, play time and senses. This work is born out of feelings, memories, thoughts and dreams that materialize into contemporary jewelry language. The created object must be able to keep the user wondering, questioning, moving and interacting with it. The object’s personality has to do with its function and variations, and with the dialogue object-user. It also has to do with the different uses of the material. This search requires to be careful with the material but also to subject it to harsh changes according to the use of the object itself. So the material’s value has to do with its possibilities and not with any other desire but to be itself. The intention at creating the object is to print something from us as well as to receive something from the object while creating it.

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.