Threshold - Holding Place

Materials: silver, bronze, mica, vitreous glass enamel, found object, paper, pearl
Dimensions: 80 x 44 x 33 mm

The porthole on the front of this autobiographical piece is dingy and darkened and it is difficult to view what is inside until you open it and swing the tiny clasp-handle to the side. Now you are viewing a silver boat upon enameled blue waves that toss up and down as you turn the tiny crank. Open the map-encrusted door at the bottom to find a talisman-filled drawer…

Photo credit: Kimberly Nogueira

Kimberly Nogueira
St John, Virgin Islands. USA

Using tiny antique household objects and vintage childhood toys, I examine the fragility and endurance of childhood wonder and its profound effect on our everyday adult lives. By incorporating movement in this work, I hope to engage the wearer’s sense of responsibility as well as draw attention to the marvels of everyday life.

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.