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[Exhibition] "Holding Place" is now open to the public


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Ganoksin is pleased to announce its third annual International
Online Jewelry Exhibition.

This year’s theme is “Holding Place: A Repository of Containers and
Vessels by Metalsmiths Around the World”.

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.

Visit the online exhibition ‘Holding Place: A Repository of
Containers and Vessels by Metalsmiths Around the World’ at

For more about the Exhibition please contact: Beth Wicker
the exhibition curator at ruralart@earthlink.net or
Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman) at service@ganoksin.com