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Papoose Basket - Holding Place

Materials: Fine Silver, 4mm CZ, Copper Wire, 22" Sterling Silver Snake Chain
Dimensions: 1 1/2" x 3/4" x 1/2"

This piece began as a wild cucumber pod that I preserved in precious metal. A 4mm Clear CZ is set into the fine silver creating a subtle focal point. Adorned with green colored copper wire woven through the voids in the pod surface to recall the vine it once hung on. Set on a 22" Sterling Silver Snake Chain, this elegant piece is hollow which makes it light and comfortable to wear as it hangs low to keep precious items contained close to the heart.

Photo credit: Marjorie Albano Renno

Marjorie Albano Renno
Silver Magpie Studio
Hartford, CT. USA

I believe that at its very foundation, art communicates the complexity of the human experience. From simple wearable jewelry, to one-of-a-kind sculptural body adornments, my artwork is an evolving exploration of how our physical interactions with nature meaningfully bind us to the world. My personal practice of walking serves as my greatest catalyst and provides me with experiences to collect and interpret. These walks allow me to consider my own role in our technologically driven world and remind me that physicality is an essential component of connection. At the root of my work is a desire to quietly instigate an awareness of places that are often overlooked.

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.