Tea Jars - Holding Place

Materials: Silver & Acrylic
Dimensions: 220 x 30mm

Hammered tall containers with decorative lids

Photo credit: Sussie Ahlberg

Juliette Bigley
The Cass
London, UK

I am fascinated by our interaction with objects and how this informs the ways in which we live our lives.

Objects colour our lives just as much as our relationships with people do, and like we have close friends, we all have favourite objects - from the cup we like to drink our coffee out of to something given to us by someone special.
When we meet a new object, or the form of a familiar object changes, our habitual way of relating to things is interrupted, offering us new spaces to explore. It is this space that I like to explore through my work.

Tutor Comment;
Juliette is a final year student at The Cass in the heart of London. When she graduates she will already have an extensive exhibition portfolio as well as an excellent body of work.
A rising star!

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.