Materials: sterling silver, glass
Dimensions: 7.62 x 2.54 x 5.08 cm
Photo credit: Christine Bossler
Detroit, Michigan. USA
Christine Bossler is a metalsmith & jeweler living in the city of Detroit, MI. After receiving her BFA from Wayne State University in 2005, she refocused on her own creative practice / small business. Christine’s work travels between lovely objects for every day to fanciful works of fiction for exhibition and the runway environment. In either case you can be assured that all work is hand made by Christine and that she strives to be as eco-conscience and good citizen minded as she can be.
Christine’s experience include serving the Michigan Silversmiths Guild as President, working as adjunct faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. and co-curating Re/Thinking Design for Consumption for the Scarab Club. She has been published in Eve Magazine and 500 Necklaces and has exhibited her work in several exhibitions that include Jewelry in Motion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, DAM 2009 Design Show at the Detroit Artists Market, Decorative Resurgence at Rowan University in NJ., and Jewelry Journey: Air at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, DE and Galeria Isidro. Christine also exhibited her body of work Repel-Allure-Adapt in a solo exhibition at Luke and Eloy Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In Christine’s spare time she likes to harass her significant other, repair her 1920’s home located in the D (Detroit), walk her dog basil, go for bike rides, eat, and vacation far far away.
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.