Colors of the East - Changing Hues

Materials: Fine and Sterling Silver, Enamel, 24K gold
Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 1/4"

From about age of 10 I am fascinated with India. As a child I read everything I could get my hands on about India. As I grow older the colors of the woman's sari couht my attention. These earrings are part of the series in the work, reflecting my study of Indians woman's clothing. Back side is textured and counter enamel with lilac transparent enamel. Basse taille, Champleve and 24K gold where employed in creating these earrings.

Photo credit: Artist

Lara Ginzburg
Yardley, PA. USA

Lara Ginzburg was born and grew up in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, one of the cultural centers of the former Soviet Union. She was formally educated in structural engineering.

Her first encounters with art go back to her early childhood art education in day care. She is thankful to her wonderful day care teacher, who gave her, her first lessons in needlework, watercolor, oil painting and clay sculpting. This teacher also organized her first solo art exhibitions, developing in her an early love of the art.

Her current work combines sterling and pure silver, precious and semi- precious stones and enameling. Techniques involved in making the pieces include, but are not limited to one or more of the following: forging, sintering, forming, soldering, and enameling.

She has developed a unique style, creating jewelry of highly personalized designs. No two pieces are alike. Each is individual and beautiful, and each reflects superb quality. Dramatic use of color, shape and texture assures that her designs are quite distinctive and truly original.

Lara's work has gained recognition at juried craft shows, festivals, galleries and boutiques nationwide.

The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.

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.

In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

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.

Hue is one of the primary properties of color, it refers to the place the color occupies on the visual spectrum. Humans have used hues throughout time, to create cave paintings, to decorate themselves, their clothing and their housing.

Different hues have taken on different meanings throughout time. Gold traditionally has been a color of purity - the metal gold is relatively unchangeable, and the hue of gold has come to stand for gods and goddesses, for royalty, for durability and for purity. Red has often meant love, or passion. Hues often reflect the meaning of the seasons, with pastels referring to spring and the burst of new life after the pale hues of winter. Summer is reflected in vibrant, deep hues, followed by the browning of hues in the fall as plants go to seed and die, and the land turns fallow.

The worth of a hue has often been tied to what is necessary to make the pigment that creates the hue, and the expensive involved in the process. Often created from crushed stones that had to be mined and carried by caravan over thousands of miles, or from fermented roots of plants only grown in certain areas, or the carapaces of rare insects - the creation of hue in a way that could be used by man was an involved and generally expensive process.

In today's world metalsmiths have access to perhaps the widest range of materials and hues in the history of man - and in some of the most affordable ways ever.

This exhibition celebrates hue - color - as an integral, inherent element of the work. We talk of the "richness" of color, and examples of this abound here. One expects hues from the colors of gemstones used in metalsmithing, but we also have hues from some less expected places. Glass enamels are an ancient way of adding color, as are a variety of patinas. Today's artists also use synthetic man-made materials to add color in ways that didn't exist a century ago.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of hue, and the ways hues and their use have changed over time.