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Squished Vessel 1 - Holding Place


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Materials: Pure Iron
Dimensions: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-1/2"H

I really got my fingers into this piece! The forged texture and the power of the ball in the press pushed the corners as if I had my thumbs in the hot metal. Here you can see how hot metal works like clay.

Photo credit: R. A. McDaniel

Randy McDaniel
Reading, PA. USA

I have been forging hot metal for forty years, watching how the hot metal moves under the hammer. I’ve learned that hot metal moves like modeling clay in my hands and that is one of the looks that I try to achieve. To make the metal look as if I pushed my hands into it. Besides the hand hammer and the power hammer I am working with a sixty ton hydraulic forging press to achieve these results. I create all of my own tooling and dies and then use the power of the press to squish the life into the metal.


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.