Materials: Fine Silver
Dimensions: 4.5" x 10"
We are all surrounded by nature in some way.
Photo credit: Andrew Kent
Ketchum, ID. USA
I have studied art all my life. I practiced as an architectural designer for 25 years. While living in Arizona I studied Metalsmithing at the Mesa Art Center. I am now a full time artistic jeweler.
My feeling, philosophy, in regards to my jewelry is to keep the designs as close to it’s natural state in texture, look and feel as possible. To be as connected to the qualities of the earth as is possible. To the unfinished cast metal pieces that reflect their natural essence to the pounded and forged links and surfaces that reflect the earthly pattern quality that can be seen in the bark of trees or the face of rocks or even the patterns in the earth itself. I pound my metals against an old anvil wanting it to look worn and caricaturized as the earth itself. It touches my soul, my spirit. It connects me to the feeling of the earth which is where I find my connection.
Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.
Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.
The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.
The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands
Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.