Dear Orchidians, Please help me understand. The last part of a three
part article in Lapidary Journal, December '02 on casting concludes,
and each time I look at the piece that represents what is being
created, I wonder how could someone “design” something that would be
a better example of a complete lack of design. I understand that
beauty is subjective…? Nowhere in any book on the history of
jewelry, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Etruscan, Egyptian, ect., can I find
a piece that would or could be an inspiration for that piece.
There are critics for art, books, movies. Where and when does anyone
dare to be critical about poor design or poor craftmanship of
jewelry? My understanding is that in Europe, if you were in a
jewelry program, you could be sent to melt your piece and start over
if it does not meet the approval of the teacher for design. I am at
a loss to understand why a magazine that has such incredible artists
such as Carrie Adell, Judith Kinghorn, Jeff and Susan Wise, Andy
Cooperman, Todd Reed, Michael Boyd, and Harold O’Connor to name a
few of the metal artists, not to mention the exquisite work in
platium and gold that grace the pages of that magazine, can show work
like that. In my not so humble opinion, that design depreciates the
intrinsic value of the materials used. Can anyone who has a retail
store show work like that, and have any expectation of selling it?
It would not sell in my store. I truely am concerned if this is a
representation of what someone hopes a “newbie” can aspire to.
Scares me if this is an example of what someone wants to see more of.
This is an answer to the question of why there is no apprenticeships
in the U.S. People can produce work like that, and there is no
standard that we are held to for design. Just get by on technique no
matter how poorly executed. So, someone please present something I
can grasp about the value I am not perceiving. Thanks in advance,
Richard in Denver