Memorial Box - Holding Place

Materials: Sterling Silver, Ebony Wood

This box was made to house a lock of hair from the client deceased father.

The photo on the top is of the clients parents, Inscribed around the box is the line of the fathers favourite song, And engraved into the body of the box is a silhouette of Mountains, Symbolising where the man came from, The box sits into a handturned piece of ebony wood, which is complimented by a second piece of ebony wood which is inlayed into the lid…

This is symbolic as the man was a carpenter.

Inside the box is a black satin cushion, upon which sits the lock of hair.

Janice Louise Byrne
Jlb Jewellery
Dublin, Ireland

Janice Byrne is a Dublin based Goldsmith & Jewellery Designer.
She works in a variety of precious metals to create contemporary jewellery and objects that are inspired by found natural objects. When making her jewellery she seeks to uncover the often hidden detail in natural objects and translate it into metal.

Using a variety of special finishes she emphasizes the patterns, textures and simple beauty of natural forms. Her jewellery is designed to highlight the simple beauty of natural forms.

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.