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Shakudo Vessel - Holding Place

Materials: Shakudo, 23.5k Gold, Patina
Dimensions: 4" x 3.75" 2.375"

This is the product of my first experiment with hollow core casting, Shakudo, and Kuem-boo. Shakudo is a Japanese alloy traditionally consisting of 96% copper and 4% gold. Keum-boo is a Korean process of applying a very thin 23.5k gold foil to the surface of an other metal using heat and pressure.

Photo credit: Caitlyn Soldan

Charles Spencer Carl
Santa Fe, New Mexico. USA

Having grown up in a community steeped in the arts, Spencer was encouraged at an early age to exercise his creativity. Born and raised on Nantucket Island, MA, Spencer grew up in a very tightly knit family of artists with skills ranging from stained glass and painting to hooking rugs and fiber arts. His family has always been and continues to be his biggest source of encouragement, inspiration and support.

Now Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, divides his creative efforts between working at a bronze sculpture studio, fabricating jewelry for local designers and creating his own work.

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.