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When Peace Talks - Holding Place


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Materials: Fine Silver
Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4"

When Peace Talks “contains” love and equality for all people, preservation of and respect for the art, science, and religion within different races and cultures, and world unity passed on to future generations.

The meaning from of the symbols:
The dot and dash pattern for Peace / Love in Morse Code; The equal sign represents Equality; The Chinese symbol for Love; The dot pattern for Peace / Love in Braille; Pax Cultura has ancient origins representing Peace: past, present & future encircled in eternity. It also represents the preservation and respect of art, science, & religion within different races and cultures

Photo credit: Holly Gage

Holly B Gage
Gage Designs
Bowmansville, PA. USA

Holly Gage of Gage Designs creates contemporary jewelry and teaches her unique techniques with a gentle blend of art and soul. Holly brings her innovation; creativity and gift of helping others find their artistic voice through classes, mentoring programs, and master workshops available in the US and abroad. She is a full-time jewelry artist, Certified Metal Clay Instructor, author, and conference speaker. In addition, Holly holds a BS in Fine Art and Education. Her jewelry and articles on techniques and design can be found in over 55 regional and national publications including the Best of America Jewelry Artists, PMC Guild Annual Volumes 1 – 5, Metal Clay Artist, Metal Clay Today, Art Jewelry and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Making Jewellery, among others.


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.