Materials: Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 14 cm high x 11.6 cm long x 11.6 cm wide
I have incorporated the symbol of the flame which is representative of candle flames as well as the flames of the burning bush. There are six flames to represent each of the six days of creation. Each flame is made of 3 units multiplied six times which equals 18. The number 3 is a Holy number and 18 is the numerical symbol for Chai , the word for life. The flames become the base which supports the cup section for the ceremonial wine. ?
Techniques used: Raising, forging and forging.
Photo credit: Myra Tulonen Smith
Myra Tulonen Smith
Almonte, Ontario. Canada
MYRA TULONEN SMITH, Diploma 1973 (Sheridan College School of Design), Ontario Certified Apprenticeship 1982(Colleges and Universities Ontario), lives in Almonte, ON Canada. She has been a practicing goldsmith/silversmith/designer and teacher since 1973. Her works are in many corporate and private collections.
My inspirations are primarily from nature, images that become distilled and conceptualized as sculptural line and form then translated by the beauty and plasticity of metal.
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.