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Eruption - Changing Hues


#1

Materials: Copper / Vitreous Enamel
Dimensions: 2.5" x 2.5"

Small bowl using layers of vitreous enamel to create the appearance of a design caused by gravity.

Photo credit: Don Coulson

Don & Louise Coulson
Kingfisher Designs
Aberdeen, MS. USA

Each piece is rooted in a combination of historical techniques materials but it is also an expression of the excitement of a new idea. We combine fold forming, chasing and repousse', etching, forging, raising, patination and enameling, in copper, bronze and silver.
We have noticed that the seasonal changes in the woods around the studio can influence a shape, texture or color used in hollow ware, flatware and jewelry.
Some pieces explode spontaneously from the hammer or torch while others are developed through modeling and sketching. Every piece models authenticity and tradition along with innovation and evolution.
Simply learning techniques and using materials is just not enough. A passion for the work allows true creativity. Each piece is a journey and every trip into the studio is an adventure!


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.


#2

Materials: copper, enamel, sterling silver
Dimensions: 13 inches long

Around the time we had decided on the theme for the group show, we took my in-laws to Niagara Falls. I noticed the advertising for the various attractions were selling the “fury” of the falls. After that, I noticed that all sorts of things are being described as furious – even though they obviously cannot feel an emotion. The only natural phenomena that I would ascribe “fury” to is the eruption of a volcano. This necklace is the lava flow!

Photo credit: Scott Walker

Valerie Brown
Firepan Jewellery Designs
Fonthill, Ontario. Canada

Valerie has a BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria, and a Jewellery Arts Diploma from George Brown College. She works out of her studio in Fonthill, Ontario creating new designs and directions for her jewellery lines, work for exhibitions, and custom pieces. Presently, Valerie is working on satisfying the seemingly competing muses of her love of nature and color versus her love of mid-Century modern design aesthetic. Her work has been in exhibitions across Canada, published in Lark Books "Showcase 500: Beaded Jewellery", "Showcase 500 Art Necklaces" and is on public display as part of the permanent Niagara Culture Capital of Canada collection. These pieces were made for a group show with the them of "Emotions - Fury to Joy".


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.