Hiding The Hole In My Heart - Holding Place

Materials: fine silver, argentium sterling silver, sterling silver chain, liver of sulfer
Dimensions: 1 1/4" long by 2 1/8" wide

This is a hinged locket of sorts that has textured Shanghainese syle doors and latch on the front.

Photo credit: Roxanne Coffelt

Roxanne Coffelt
Shanghai Tai LLC. Warsaw, Indiana. USA

While I do not have a lot of formal training, I have taken some classes in glass fusing, metal clay and some basic metal working skills. I am mostly self taught.

Unlike most people, I got started on this road fairly late in life after being an accountant for many years. While living in China for two years I became interested in pearls. After returning to the U.S. I learned to string jewelry, and from there kept adding various techniques. I love working with fused glass and metal clay.

Many of my pieces have an Asian influence. The time I spent in the Far East had a profound effect on my sense of design. I am also very much inspired by nature.

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.