Back to Ganoksin | FAQ | Contact

Red Lily Box - Changing Hues


Materials: Enamel on copper w/fine silver cloisonne & silver/gold foil
Dimensions: 2.5" round

A red lily blossom with spikes of green leaf and stems set on a distant background of beige woodchips. Enamel on copper with fine silver cloisonne wire and gold and silver foil work. It has been set upon a round pewter box (box by Woodbury Pewter).

Photo credit: Rachel Morris

Rachel Morris
Eclectic Nature Jewelry & Design
Newtown, USA

Inspiration comes in many forms - nature provides me with many of my ideas, whether it's as I sit on the coast of Maine amidst rustling leaves or observe the spires of ice in a spread of frost on an office window.

I am both right-brained and left-brained in much of what I do, loving logic and creative beauty in equal parts.
As a result, my designs shift with my mood. Some are linear, sharp, and angular. Others have movement and changes of weight. I may play with a theme through many evolutions, or may make a singular piece and be done.

Many of my favorite works have come through mistakes - accidents which lead me down a path other than the one I initially envisioned - a broken stone, a melted piece of metal, scraps from another project whose shapes find new life elsewhere.

The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.

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.

In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

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.

Hue is one of the primary properties of color, it refers to the place the color occupies on the visual spectrum. Humans have used hues throughout time, to create cave paintings, to decorate themselves, their clothing and their housing.

Different hues have taken on different meanings throughout time. Gold traditionally has been a color of purity - the metal gold is relatively unchangeable, and the hue of gold has come to stand for gods and goddesses, for royalty, for durability and for purity. Red has often meant love, or passion. Hues often reflect the meaning of the seasons, with pastels referring to spring and the burst of new life after the pale hues of winter. Summer is reflected in vibrant, deep hues, followed by the browning of hues in the fall as plants go to seed and die, and the land turns fallow.

The worth of a hue has often been tied to what is necessary to make the pigment that creates the hue, and the expensive involved in the process. Often created from crushed stones that had to be mined and carried by caravan over thousands of miles, or from fermented roots of plants only grown in certain areas, or the carapaces of rare insects - the creation of hue in a way that could be used by man was an involved and generally expensive process.

In today's world metalsmiths have access to perhaps the widest range of materials and hues in the history of man - and in some of the most affordable ways ever.

This exhibition celebrates hue - color - as an integral, inherent element of the work. We talk of the "richness" of color, and examples of this abound here. One expects hues from the colors of gemstones used in metalsmithing, but we also have hues from some less expected places. Glass enamels are an ancient way of adding color, as are a variety of patinas. Today's artists also use synthetic man-made materials to add color in ways that didn't exist a century ago.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of hue, and the ways hues and their use have changed over time.