In memory - Holding Place

Materials: Silver, Mica, Brass Screws, Photo
Dimensions: 1 1/8 inches diameter

Locket made in memory of a much loved friend. Front piece swivels to reveal a photo under a thin sheet of mica.

Photo credit: Gianna Bird

Gianna Bird
Silver Moon Designs
Westwood, MA. USA

I love to work in series, focusing on different aspects of life and what inspires me at any given time. Using silver, stones (Turquoise, Amethyst, Kyanite, Peridot, Tourmaline), and some enameling, for example, the ‘Leaf Series’ is inspired by Spring, and what it brings to the spirit: new growth, beginnings, potential, and the simple beauty of forms in nature. On a spiritual level it speaks to expressions of deeper emotions of promise and hope, feelings that I could not express using other materials.

My work is a journey of discovery and trust in my own vision. It may be representational, but underneath the obvious image is a messageto be felt and interpreted by each individual. Besides being adornments, the pieces are meant to speak to the spirit and remind us of what may be an important personal goal, or some inner quality we may want to nurture in ourselves.

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.