Discovery - Holding Place

Materials: sterling silver, paper, resin, ribbon
Dimensions: 2” x 1.25” x 0.5”

Locket - Formed, fabricated, oxidized, brushed

Photo credit: Jeff Crawford

Kristyn Cooper
Fredericton, New Brunswick. Canada

Kristyn Cooper graduated with Distinction from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design earning a Diploma in Fine Craft (Jewellery/Metal Arts). Since then she has accumulated an array of awards and honors such as the inclusion of her work in the Canadian Pavilion at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.

Cooper’s work ranges from one of a kind objects in metal to limited-edition jewellery pieces. She loves the feel of heirloom and antique objects and seeks to capture that special quality in each piece she creates. Lockets are among her favorite objects to fabricate as they allow her to blend traditional ideas with contemporary designs.

Cooper is currently an instructor for the Jewellery/Metal Arts program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she teaches students of all levels.

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.