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Milk Pot and Cupcake Bowl - Holding Place


Materials: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Milk Pot 3" x 2.25", cupcake bowl 3.25" x 3"

This is a pair of vessels one for milk
and one companion bowl in the form of a cupcake. The pieces were raised, one by Fritz in 1960, details finished by Gary in 2012 and the second vessel raised by Gary in 2012. Barbara added the lid to the bowl and the triangular wires soldered to the sides of the raised bowl.All three artists collaborated on the design of the final two pieces.

Photo credit: Gary Noffke

Gary Noffke, Fritz Rehkopf, and Barbara Mann
Watkinsville, GA. USA

This set of two vessels is a collaboration of three different artists spanning a 50 plus year period.

Architect Fritz Rehkopf was an architecture student at the University of Kansas and in the 1960 took a metalsmithing class. He raised a vessel and intended to raise a companion piece to pair with it. After many years as a practicing architect, he wanted to finish the project and contacted Gary Noffke to complete the vision.

Gary Noffke is a American Craft Council Fellow, emeritus professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of Georgia whose work has been widely exhibited and documented.

Barbara Mann is a studio artist,educator and president of the Athens Metal Arts Guild.

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.