Materials: Copper, Silver, Onyx
Dimensions: 2" x 0.5" x 0.5"
These are some of my favorite earrings. I developed the design as a sample for teaching soldering on surfaces that don’t meet well.
Photo credit: Carol Marsella
Deborah Elise Love Jemmott
San Marcos, California. USA
I love working in metal. I make things I like. It’s really that simple.
I like to work in a “handleable” scale – so, in general, the sculptures are small and the jewelry is large.
I am particularly drawn to make things that glorify and honor the home. This includes tableware, especially spoons. Copper and silver are generally my metals of choice, but I like the “working” part of the tableware to be stainless steel. No materials are off limits as far as I am concerned.
I have a BFA and MA in Art specializing in Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing and have taught for over 40 years.
Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.
Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.
The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.
The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands
Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.