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Jewelry Displays

Learn how to showcase your jewelry effectively. Our articles on jewelry displays include information on color trends and how to construct displays.

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Display & Packaging

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Display & Packaging.…

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Wood Displays

Nothing makes metals and gemstones pop quite like the contrasting texture of distressed wood…

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Paradiso Displays

Paradiso Displays. These displays features a padded surface. Echo™ faux leather features a signature crosshatch texture with a shimmering quality and a strong, resilient feel.

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Colored Gemstones on Men’s Jewelry

Colored Gemstones on Men’s Jewelry is becoming a trend and may as will be dominating men’s fashion as noted by  Deborah A. Yonick on  this article. Read on for her take on this fast becoming fact. ********************* If diamonds…

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2017 JCK Las Vegas Show Industry insights

The overarching theme in major presentations for the diamond and jewelry industry during the JCK Las Vegas Show in June is that times are changing and how we adapt to these changes will determine our success. The following are insights gleamed…

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2017 MJSA Vision Awards Winners – Indepth

In the 1971 Film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the title character invites Charlie (and us viewers) to “come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination.” While you won’t find any golden tickets or chocolate bars…

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2018 Top Gem and Jewelry Trends

In addition to miles of aisles of beautiful finished jewelry on display, the JCK Las Vegas show offered attendees the opportunity to discover the latest in jewelry trend research. At the show in June, trend forecasting service TrendVision…

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2017 Top Jewelry Trends

Discover the 2017 Top Jewelry Trends in gold, silver, and platinum—and an update on the metals markets as compiled by Shawna Kulpa. Gold Trends Flowers, Well-done Buddha Mama With darker colors and heavier fabrics gracing the fall runways,…

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Playing Favorites with Dallae Kang

It’s easy to name your favorite gemstone or metal to work in, but what if you had to name your favorite design? How could you choose? In this occasional column, we ask designers to identify their favorite piece and explain why it holds a special…

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Fancy Color Diamonds

Coveted for their beauty and rarity, fancy color diamonds remain the hottest category in the diamond market. At gem and jewelry shows during the first half of 2017, including Baselworld in late March, fancy color diamonds were among the leading…

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2017 MJSA Vision Award Winners

Some designers find inspiration in the night sky, others in the natural world, and some in flowing architectural lines. This year’s winners of the MJSA Vision Award competition reflected all of that and more. On the following pages…

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Made in the USA 2017

MADE IN THE USA: Where We Stand is an update on the jewelry industry’s efforts to promote homegrown products. It happens every day: U.S. jewelry manufacturers and designers take precious metals and gemstones and, with their own hands,…

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The New Jewelry Museum in Pforzheim

There is an excited feel to the atmosphere – the Jewelry Museum is preparing for the grand opening on March 11th, 2006. After renovation of the newly acquired rooms, the house will now offer an entirely restructured exhibition concept, freshly

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Gallery Oona: Jewelry in the Creative Center

Berlin Mitte is one of the most popular addresses for creative people and their agents. The new and traditional heart of the city is not only a magnet for visitors from all over the world, it is also a fruitful soil for unusual concepts, pioneers

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The Jewelry Museum of Pforzheim

The Jewelry Museum of Pforzheim possesses one of the most remarkable collections of modern jewelry. This exhibition of works, which is divided into four decades, offers a captivating view of the emergence and development of an entirely new

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The Project Silver Summer Gallery

For the third time, visitors to the Inhorgenta 2004 in Munich will be pleased at the very different kind of outdoor restaurant set up in the designer hall: the Silver Summer Gallery. Snapshot: Silver Summer Gallery banquet Remote-controlled…

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Arte Smykke-design in Oslo

Aid to development, in the broadest sense of the term, seems to be the specialty of Norway’s most famous jewelry gallery owner, Anne Line Bakkevig. Earlier, she worked as a social worker with young people, and now she is committed to the social

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English Pictorial Enamels

English enamels made during the period 1750 to 1840 were chiefly ornamented with transfer printed images and mottos. While the most important innovations in this manufacture were connected with these transfer processes, other new working…

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2008 Enamel Foundation Conference

Our second conference was a success! The conference started promptly at 9 a.m., August 18 – a beautiful sunny day. Ben Caldwell’s demonstration of his double-torch, large-scale enameling was first up. He setup on the Thompson’s…

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Silver: New Forms and Expressions Exhibit

Silver: New Forms and Expressions III Exhibit. Assuming that the work is cohesive, well designed, well made, of sound concept and has meaning, then what is done to such work by the context of a retail space, a department store of bridal furnishings…

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1991 National Metal Competition

Cu3, as a national metal competition, was a sequel – albeit more than ten years later – to Copper 2 (1980) and to the Copper, Brass and Bronze Competition in 1977. The first two exhibitions were shown at the Museum of Art at the University of…

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Vertical Photography Set

This vertical photography set can be constructed inexpensively to photograph small objects such as jewelry and vessels from high angles. Make the modified box of ¾” plywood, about 12 inches wide and 16 inches deep, with a height of…

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The Jewelry Art of Lisa Gralnick

Lisa Gralnick makes jewelry of rare power from imagined artifacts of our own time. Its extraordinary impact derives from her sure compositional eye and her success in focusing our attention on forms which, in an important sense, epitomize…

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Photographing Small Art Objects

As a former staff photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sheldan Collins has photographed an extraordinary range of art objects from one of the world’s most extensive art collection. In his new book, How to Photograph Works of…

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Mark Stanitz: Material Evidence

The life and work of Mark Stanitz are a study in balances and contrasts. His physical life is lived in a structured, thoughtful and mannered way. His inner world is worked out through his artwork with an unquestioned faith. With the exception…

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Metalsmith ’91 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1991 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Armanda Lise Penuidic, Martha Glenny, Charlie Buck, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Body Art Exhibition

“Body Art Exhibition,” an exhibition sponsored by Security Pacific Corporation, on view from September 8 to October 21, 1990, was curated by Mark Johnstone and Wendy Mickell. Eleven art jewelers, from both North America and…

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Ed Levin: 40 Years of Craft Jewelry

It is only within the past two decades that craft jewelry has become big business. From a marketing viewpoint, the movement, circa 1990, has come a long way since the likes of Sam Kramer, Ed Weiner, Art Smith and Paul Lobel intimidated, cajoled…

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Caroline Broadhead: Jewelry and Beyond

Deborah Norton interviewed Caroline Broadhead regarding her recent retrospective at the Crafts Council in London and her recent change from jewelry to clothing. Deborah Norton (D): Your recent retrospective at the Crafts Council in London…

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Chunghi Choo: The Energy Qi

Chunghi Choo captures her joyful creativity in sensuous forms and beguiling surfaces, but, despite this sumptuousness, simplicity harmony and tranquility are always integral to her work. Born in Korea, she took a B.F.A. at Ewha Women’s…

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10th International Biennel of Enamel

While Limoges, France was celebrating its 200th anniversary as the city of the “Arts of Fire” this year, July and August will also hold the 10th international Biennial of Enamel exhibiting some of the most exciting new enamelwork…

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The Practice of American Craft

The practice of American craft is set against the larger phenomenon of industrialization: every aspect of craft compares to and competes with mass production. This condition has been basic to craft since 1945, when the war effort killed off…

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Metalsmith ’91 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1991 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Aaron Farber Gallery, James Meyer, Mel Wolski, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Cultural Myths Defining Jewelry

A woman’s job evaluation included the observation that she showed unmistakable signs of penis envy. “The unmistakable signs were. . . her dangling earrings. Why would a woman wear jewelry that dangles if she did not envy the one…

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Claire Falkenstein: Never-Ending Universe

Claire Falkenstein is a master of linear metal sculpture. Hers is not an art of solid form, as relating to space and mass, but of a cursive gesture – a scribble in the air. It is essentially a public or display art and is directed not to the private…

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Charles Loloma: Spirit of the New

On January 7, 1921, a son was born to Rex of the Sand and Tobacco Clan and Rachael Loloma of the Badger Clan, Hotevilla, Arizona. Rex was an accomplished weaver and respected moccasin maker; Rachael, an excellent basket maker. The family lived…

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Fads and Fallacies: Renegade Ornament

Over the last several years, a growing number of North Americans have been obtaining nontraditional pierces. Pierced penises, nipples, navels, clitorides and noses have been proliferating. Sometimes this is the result of individuals…

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Metalsmith ’91 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1991 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features William Baran-Mickle, Joan Parcher, Philip Sajet, Peter Chang, and more!…

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Wendy Ramshaw: Picasso’s Ladies

Those of us who have been following Wendy Ramshaw’s work, for close to 20 years, hove come to anticipate the fluid evolution of her personal language. She takes on challenges with great deliberation and resolve; even chance effects…

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The Life Works of Carl Jennings

This past fall, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee mounted a retrospective exhibition of the work of master metalsmith C. Carl Jennings. A graduate of the California School of Arts and Crafts in 1934, Jennings worked…

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Tom Markusen: Holloware Maker with Integrity

It may surprise some, judging from Tom Markusen studio output, that the production objects are handmade, without the use of dyes, props or molds. The objects are smithed straight from the forge, from red to black heat, from the mid-section…

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Ted Muehling: Sensual Punctuation

Before moving his studio operation to a ground-floor space in Soho, just last year, Ted Muehling lived and worked in a kunstkammer. His round-the-clock environment teemed with several thousand “found treasures.” Aside from…

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Galleries: Rezac Gallery – Conceptual Relationships

Rezac Gallery, a space devoted to avant-garde jewelry and decorative arts, opened in May, 1988 on West Superior Street in Chicago. With the stated aim of identifying and promoting the conceptual relationships between fine and decorative…

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Art and Technics: Superstitious Beliefs

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Art and Technics” talking about techniques in craftsmanship and design.  For this 1992 Spring issue, Tim McCreight talks about superstitions and superstitious…

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Metalsmith ’91 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1991 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Jan Brooks Loyd, Joy Pennick, Carolyn Morris Bach, Steven Brixner, and…

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The State of Metalsmithing and Jewelry

This article is a continuing dialogue on the State of Metalsmithing and Jewelry by Donald Friedlich and Judith Mitchell with to two jewelers, a curator, a collector and a gallery owner. “I am not an expert in jewelry…I feel uneasy about…

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The Great Pectoral from Tolstaya Mogila

In 1971, excavations in a kurgan (grave mound) named Tolstaya Mogila – big barrow – in the city of Ordzonikidzhe in the southern Ukraine brought to light a spectacular golden pectoral in the underground grave of a warrior, dating to c. 300…

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Rebekah Laskin: Material Voice

Rebekah Laskin is an enamelist with a new subtlety and depth of purpose unique to the metalsmithing community. She has taken a medium that has been if not predictable or stagnant, then at least possessed of a rigid hierarchy and turned it on its…

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The Jewelry of Glenda Arentzen

At mid-career, goldsmith Glenda Arentzen still produces jewelry with the freshness that has been her hallmark for a quarter of a century. It permeates whatever she makes, appearing not only in lively, asymmetrical profiles, but also in details:…

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Metalsmith ’90 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1990 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Marjorie Schick, William Underhill, Joy Scott, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Observations on Miniature Sculptures

When Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he modeled his narrative on fairy tales and used nonsense as a means to astonish and contradict expectations of his Victorian audience, rejecting their sense of reason, moral…

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The Intimate World of Alexander Calder

The real Alexander Calder is to be found in the intimate work – the toys, gadgets, jewelry – those delightful preoccupations of his that often get overshadowed by the big mobiles that hang in many public spaces. It’s no wonder that…

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An Interview with Garth Clark

In September of 1988, the CDK Galleries opened their doors. Partners Garth Clark, Mark Del Vecchio and Wayne Kuwada presented the work of 11 carefully selected American jewelers including Fred Woell, Lisa Gralnick, Robin Quigley, Jamie…

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Metalsmith ’90 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1990 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Pamela Lins, Randy Long, Cara Croninger, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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The American Kayserzinn Pewter Exhibition

The first American exhibition of Kayserzinn Pewter, the trademark for art pewter ware manufactured at the turn of the century by J.P. Kayser Sohn of Krefeld, Germany, occupied the changing exhibitions area in the design installation floor…

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Ornamenta 1: Jewelry Classifications

To commit oneself in the jungle of jewelry classifications, categories and specification; to express an absolutely clear definition is an extremely difficult venture. There is costume jewelry, gem-set jewelry, designers’ jewelry,…

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Metalsmith ’90 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1990 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Elizabeth Chenoweth Palmer, Donald Friedlich, Rodney McCormick, Ken Bova,…

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1990 SNAG Conference Review

This article is a review by Betsy Douglas of the 1990 SNAG Conference held in San Francisco, CA on March 14 – 17, 1990. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bridges bring people together. “Bridges,” the theme of this conference, brought…

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1985 SNAG Conference Review

The statement below could well have been made by many individuals upon reflection on their friends and colleagues. But in this case it is an excerpt from the International Exchange panel of the 1985 SNAG conference. Our professional ties,…

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Hermann Jünger: German Goldsmith

From 1988 to 1989, German goldsmith Hermann Jünger was celebrated in his native country with a major retrospective of his work since 1945. More recently, in the spring of 1990, a new series of necklaces by Jünger was the subject of an exhibition…

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Harlan Butt: Garden Anagogies

Strictly speaking, the metalworker’s contribution to the Japanese tea ceremony is confined primarily to the teakettle. This accoutrement traditionally has been overshadowed in the ceremony, as well as in the history of art, by the…

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Harold Hasselschwert: Materialization of the Exotic

Possibly of another time and almost certainly of another place, Hal or Harold Hasselschwert enamels entice the imagination with the exuberant colors and patterns, and their delicate constructions. His elegantly enameled panels speak…

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Art and Technics: Franklin Porter

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Art and Technics” talking about techniques in craftsmanship and design.  For this 1990 Fall issue, Curtis K. LaFollette talks about the machinist Franklin Porter.…

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The Economics of Ornamenta 1

The Economics of Ornamenta 1 is a letter by Dr. Joachim Becker, Mayor of the City of Pforzheim, stating what economic boost the event will bring to his city and the benefits designers and artists will get from the exhibition. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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The Anatomy of Ornamenta 1

In this article, Marjan Unger describes what Ornamenta 1 means and is all about. It contains information when and how Ornamenta 1 was created and the artists that gave a big hand on its success. The Anatomy of Ornamenta 1 The number 1, added…

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Metalsmith ’90 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1990 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Kiff Slemmons, Kate Wagle, Seung Hee Kim, Deganit Schocken, and more!…

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William Spratling: Creator of Modern Taxco Silver

For the past 60 years, tourists visiting Mexico have sought distinctive silver jewelry and holloware, crafted by native artisans. Although the designs they find are, for the most part, adapted from pre-Columbian clay seals and executed…

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Bruce Metcalf: Between Darkness and Light

Bruce Metcalf’s recent exhibition Between Darkness and Light thematically embraces and continues his ongoing concern with an anguished sensibility wedged between disenchantment and hope. Immediately striking is his pervasive…

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The Inventive Jewelry of Earl Pardon

Earl Pardon’s work has an elusive quality that is difficult to describe, yet this quality has motivated him throughout years of prodigious jewelry making. For four decades he has worked with an energy and curiosity that seems only to…

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Louis Mueller: Synergistic Games

The confidential exploits of self-deception is the title of one of Louis Mueller’s recent six-foot-high wall pieces. This paradoxical attitude perhaps best describes Louis Mueller’s ongoing body of work, which is at once…

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1989 SNAG Conference Review

“What’s in it for me?” is probably the thought of each SNAG member when the information on the annual conference arrives in the mail. This year was no exception. High on my checklist was the opportunity to travel to a new city…

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Metalsmith ’89 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1989 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Gijs Bakker, Curtis LaFollette, Carrie Adell, Gry Eide, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Lin Stanionis: Chalices for Transubstanian

The focus of Lin Stanionis’ work for the last three years has been in exploring the implications inherent in the vessel form when it is employed for symbolic purposes. As a vehicle for this search, she has produced a series of liqueur cups,…

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Metalsmith ’89 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1989 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features J. Fred Woell, Pat Flynn, Leonard Urso, Robln Qulgley, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Dan Feldman: Allegory of Love

Dan Feldman uses the utensil as both object and idea. Consequently, his work reveals both personal history and associations with the utensil as a useful object. An apprenticeship with Towle Silversmiths instigated Feldman’s fascination…

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The Metal Art of Robert Ebendorf

Crushed tin foil, marred tintypes, rusted cans—some must have thought it looked like garbage. In 1967, this detritus of our collective consumption found its way onto the walls of the Art Gallery of the University of Georgia. The artist responsible…

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Projects of Exploration: Honor Something Ordinary

This is the fifth in a series of projects for students. These projects were created to provide a forum in Metalsmith for provocative and innovative work. They are assigned by a different professor each time, insuring a wide range of approaches…

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Carol Kumata: Pandora’s Box

“How to Wrap Five Eggs” was a dilemma posed by a cult book of Japanese packaging design in the mid-1960s. The answer…dutifully, appropriately, because they demand it. Carol Kumata’s Wrappings, her early postgraduate…

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Art and Technics: Language of Art

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Art and Technics” talking about techniques in craftsmanship and design.  For this 1989 Summer issue, Tim McCreight talks about the language of art dialogue.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Fads and Fallacies: Modelling Fashion

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Fads and Fallacies”.  For this 1989 Summer, A. Stiletto talks about modelling fashion and the essential relationship between jewelry and the wearer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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The Ethics of Materials

I have always thought that if no other lesson had begun to seep through peoples’ inertia and greed, that at least a sense of the fragility of the earth and an obligation to ecologic diversity had begun to be routine. But reality intrudes,…

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Metalsmith ’89 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1989 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Brent Kington, Keith A. Lewis, Eva Eisler, Rezac Gallery, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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The Enamelwork of Bill Helwig

When enamelist Bill Helwig celebrated the half-century mark in July of 1988, his wife Lenore Davis, asked the celebrants to festoon the trees with colorful paper strips with famous Helwig quotes. Most were culled from his workshops and provide…

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Metalsmith ’89 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1989 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Thomas Mann, Judith Kaufman, Laurie Hall, Enid Kaplan, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Exhibition in Print: Metalsmiths Win The West

Our “notice” calling all metalsmiths guilty of western influences to turn in photographs of their work may have led some notorious and “wanted” characters to flee the limelight, but many bravely complied. This…

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Recent Sightings Artlike Jewelry

This article series from Metalsmith Magazine is named “Recent Sightings” where Bruce Metcalf talks about art, craftmanship, design, the artists, and techniques. For this 1989 Winter issue, he talks about artlike jewelry or jewelry…

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Margaret De Patta: Jewelry for An Ever-Increasing Minority

This article was written by Margaret De Patta in 1948 and never published. It is printed here with the kind permission of Eugene Bielawski. What happens to an artist when the demand for his work exceeds his ability to supply it? If he is realistic…

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Metalsmith ’88 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1988 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Martha Glenny, Valerie Davidson, Brooke Baillie, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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1987 SNAG Conference Review

What if They Gave a Conference and Nobody Came? In this article, Donald Friedlich offers his insight and review the 1987 SNAG Conference. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Despite an exciting program, this year’s annual conference of the…

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Projects of Exploration: The Art and Science of Line

This is the third in a series of projects for students, created to provide a forum in Metalsmith for provocative and innovative work. We determined that a problem-and-solution approach would be fair and open, encouraging creativity and exploration.…

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Mark Jordan: Hero with a Thousand Eyes

The Transparency Theory has long maintained an indomitable position at the core of any philosophy of art. Simply expressed, the theory claims that the work of art is only a means of facilitating a knowledge of mankind. It is a window through…

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The Representation in Contemporary Metals

My recollection of the first piece of metalwork I owned is of a pin consisting of two poodles connected by a silver chain. This, the use of representation at its most banal, probably floats somewhere in all our early memories of jewelry. As I grew…

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Fads and Fallacies: Post Modern Collection

One of the heralded events in this year’s ebb and flow of jewelry fashion was the arrival of the Cleto Munari Post Modern Collection: 160 pieces, designed by “name” Post Modern architects, produced at a cost estimated at…

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Monumentality On Scale and Sculpture

As a moviegoer in the 1950s and 60s. I watched intently as insects and crustaceans were transformed into gargantuan monsters by manaical scientists bent on the destruction of our planet. As giant spiders and flies toppled telephone poles…

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Metalsmith ’88 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1988 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Eleanor Moty, Pat Flynn, H. Charles Schwarz, J. Fred Woell, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Dyslexia: Tool or Trial

I have long suspected that I have a great deal of “dyslexic” company in the arts. As more and more networks, such as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities emerge, which focus on an increased awareness of learning…

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Ed Wiener: Arts and Ends

Ed Wiener exemplifies the studio jewelry artist of the late 1940s and 50s. The first time we met, this fascinating 70-year-old man reminisced at length about the New York art/craft scene of 40 years ago. With a wry wit and an acute intellect,…

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Metalsmith ’88 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1988 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Bob Natallini and Rachelle Thiewes, Lynda LaRoche, the Philbrook Museum…

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Fads and Fallacies: Surrealism in Jewelry

While Surrealism has had a major impact on how we look at 20th-century art, the same cannot be said for its impact on 20th-century dress. The costumes reflected in the paintings and photographs of the 30s and 40s appear to be merely capricious…

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Funk Art Jewelry

In Objects: USA, the chapter on jewelry bears witness to the hallowed names of modern history. The collective effort of such luminaries as Eikerman, Craver, Fike, Roach, Radakovich, Winston, Renk established a canon for work of the 40s, 50s…

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Metalsmith ’88 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1988 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Antonia von Braun and Ulrika Johansen, Lynda Watson-Abbott, Jamie Abbott,…

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The Art of the Celtic Metalsmith

This research paper was presented at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference at Cranbrook Academy of Art in June, 1987. All photographs and illustrations are by the author, unless otherwise noted. “The island is well people,…

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Projects of Exploration: Visual Intricacy

This is the fourth in a series of projects for students, created to provide a forum in Metalsmith for provocative and innovative work. The projects will be assigned by a different professor each time. In this way, we hope to spotlight issues…

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The Founding Masters Exhibit

The following is an excerpt from the text of the catalog of “The Founding Masters Exhibit”, held at the Schick Art Gallery of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, guest curated by Kurt Matzdorf under the directorship of Professor…

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Metalsmith ’87 Winter: International Exhibitions

This article showcases various international exhibitions and competitions in the form of collected exhibition reports published in the 1987 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Die Kugel-Glas & Metall

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Metalsmith ’87 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1987 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features the Alberta College of Art, Quadrum Gallery, Moshe Zabari, and more! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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The Bauhaus Metal Workshop, 1919-1927

In this article Deborah Norton traces the rise and fall of this seminal 20th-century school. Although Bauhaus policy revolved around personalities and philosophies, it nonetheless embarked on an influential experiment of incorporating…

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Naum Slutzky Jewelry at the Bauhaus

From 1919-23 the Bauhaus also had a jewelry workshop run as a private enterprise by Naum Slutzky. He was on the of the only teachers at the Bauhaus at this time that was both an artist and a technician. Born in Kiev in 1894, he had learned goldsmithing…

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Galleries: Galerie RA

In October 1986, Amsterdam’s Galeria RA will mark its tenth anniversary in the forefront of Europe’s experimental jewelry movement. To celebrate the occasion, found-director Paul Derrez has invited the 80 or so artists who…

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The Jewelry of Gijs Bakker

Since the late 60s, Gijs Bakker (b. 1942) has been influential to both Dutch and international jewelry design. His work, often humorous and ironic, rarely decorative, poses the seminal questions: Why do people wear jewelry? What does jewelry…

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Ettagale Blauer: Soul Searching at 7000

We invited Ettagale Blauer, formerly New York Editor for Jewelers’ Circular-Keystone, to attend the 1986 Society of North American Goldsmith’s (SNAG) conference at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and to provide an outsider’s…

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The Cliche of Modern Art Appreciation

As art critic Lucy Lippard has observed: “The ‘ugly’ turning ‘beautiful’ in the public eye through a process of familiarity is a cliché of modern art appreciation which boils down to the unexpected (and therefore the temporarily…

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Metalsmith ’87 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1987 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features the American Craft Museum, Yurakucho Seibu Art Forum, Plum Gallery,…

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The Intimate Abstractions of Rachelle Thiewes

The third week of October was, ostensibly, a week like any other. But in the art world, it was a wild week of almost deafening hype. There was coverage of the tedious back-patting that surrounded the opening of the new American Craft Museum. Concurrently,…

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Fads and Fallacies: First Impressions

As trite as it might sound, we still form our opinions about people as a result of “first impressions.” In fact, our fast-paced culture demands that personal images be codified within the limits of an ever-decreasing attention…

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Metalsmith ’87 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1987 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features Charles Lewton-Brain, ASF Gallery, Wichita Art Association, Jewelry…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Kyoto, Japan

To begin with, it might be important to present some background material on Kyoto itself. The Emperor Kammu founded Kyoto in 794 as the second permanent capital of Japan in order to escape the constraining influence of the Buddhist clergy in…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Tokyo, Japan

Nothing is simple in Tokyo—not the language, not the culture, not the geography. Even getting information is a major task and everything takes longer than you think it will. So the essential point to remember when you come to Tokyo is that…

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Galleries: Concepts Gallery

“American jewelry has come into its own,” says Concepts Gallery owner Doug Steakley. “lt has really matured. . . My thesis is that a whole new professional has emerged in this country.” Concepts Gallery Carmel and…

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Projects of Exploration: Performance and Beyond

This is the second in a series of projects for students, created to provide a forum in Metalsmith for provocative and innovative work. We determined that a problem-and-solution approach would be fair and open, encouraging creativity and…

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Fads and Fallacies: Art is Life

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Fads and Fallacies”.  For this 1987 Spring issue, A. Stiletto how Art is Life. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In “The Colony of Money” the figure of Fast Eddie Felson…

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Van LeBus: Folk Artist

Naive, primitive, anonymous, magical are characteristics that often accompany our image of the folk artist. In reality, he is an artisan who seeks to understand, preserve and reflect the beliefs, traditions and customs of the common people,…

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Judging Juried Exhibition

The cry of the rejected: “Why?” is the loudest single continuing lament heard after every juried show. Even when juror’s biases are known and catered to somewhat, the final selections are often a mystery, un clarified by juror’s…

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Metalsmith ’87 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1987 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features William Harper, Lisa Grainick, Anne Krohn Graham, Richard Helzer, Jaclyn…

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Kai Chan: Lines of Communication

Coming to terms with the work of Kai Chan is not so much a matter of definition as of communication. As Chan explains, “When I work on my pieces, I put things, anything—materials thoughts, accidents—together to become an object that…

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The Form Beyond Function Exhibition

“Form Beyond Function” was organized by Kington and David Prince of the Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmiths. The exhibition, comprising 52 works by 40 artists,…

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Art Smith: Goldsmith and Silversmith

In a promotional flyer from the early 1950s. Art Smith offered a “fanciful ring of space, silver and gold.” The main ingredients in his work, from about 1946 until his death in 1982 at the age of 65, were sheet, wire and “space…

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Art and Technics: Broaching Subjects

This article is one of a series of articles from Metalsmith Magazine “Art and Technics” talking about techniques in craftsmanship and design.  For this 1987 Fall issue, Tim McCreight talks about broaching subjects. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

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Metalsmith ’86 Winter: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1986 Winter issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features the Arline Fisch, Carolyn Morris Bach, Herman Hermsen, Marie Zimmerman,…

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1985 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

The Johnson Matthey/Society of North American Goldsmiths Platinum Jewelry Design Competition celebrates its third anniversary this year. The competition represents a coordinated effort on the part of SNAG and Johnson Matthey to promote…

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Metalsmith ’86 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1986 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features the Betty Helen Longhi, Wichita Art Association. the Quadrum Gallery,…

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Metalsmith ’86 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1986 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. This features the International Jewelry Symposium,  Peter Shire, William Baran-Mickle…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Washington, D.C.

This is a continuing series of metalsmith’s guides to cities, regions and museums throughout the world. The purpose of these guides is to give those interested in viewing metalwork during their travels an introduction to the treasures…

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From Limited to Mass Production of Jewelry

Like many university-art-department-trained craftspeople of the 50s, I was educated to be one-of-a-kind snob, sneering at production people. They were crassly commercial; we were unique, creative, artistic. We labored long and cautiously,…

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Objects in Space: Future Arena for Silversmiths

An object in space is exactly what the name implies, namely one which by design has left the company of its table or wall bound predecessors, like coffee pots and sconces, and assumed the role of an object without a function. It has taken up the…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Rome

Rome. Truly the eternal city, where every monument reflects simultaneously the past and the present. As Goethe so aptly states in his Italian Journey, “The very site of the city takes one back to the time of its foundation.” As…

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Metalsmith ’85 Summer: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1985 Summer issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Image as Metaphor Beaver College, Glenside, PA March…

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The Search for Modernist Style Jewelry

It was about seven years ago, I was living in Paris, spending a typical Sunday afternoon scouring the flea markets of Clingancourt for “hidden treasures.” I had moved to Paris to paint, although at the time I found myself buying…

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American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1960

Recently, collectors have discovered a body of silver jewelry, eclectic in scope—by turns serious and whimsical—creative, original and quintessentially modern. It has been termed “50s jewelry,” as if it embodied—in…

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The Next Step for Independent Business Development

The following interview between Akiko Busch and Etienne Perret and Michael Good was held as a result of the business panel on which Perret and Good sat at the Society of North American Goldsmith’s conference last June. Their subsequent…

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5 German Jewelers Marketing Strategies

Five German jewelers who chose not to follow the traditional vocational training of “master goldsmith,” but rather opted to study as artists in an academic context, having completed their education, are now confronted with…

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The Jewelry, Art and Artifact of Ramona Solberg

In the three years since her retirement from 31 years of teaching, Ramona Solberg has had three exhibitions of her jewelry, participated in several invitational shows, given jewelry workshops, moved her household and studio and taken seven…

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The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of Modern Jewelry

The Helen Williams Drutt Collection offers a personal view of the development in fine art jewelry over the past 20 years. A refined eye that understands new developments and experimentation chose works of jewelry for their intelligence,…

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Metalsmith ’85 Spring: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1985 Spring issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peter Chamberlain: Exhibition of Unmetal Hartmann Center…

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The Concept of Preciousness

The very word PRECIOUS, the concept of PRECIOUSNESS is anathema to most contemporary artists, especially painters and sculptors, and perhaps rightfully so, given the stance of contemporary aesthetics. Yet it continues to intrigue the…

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History of Contemporary Canadian Jewellery

The history of contemporary Canadian jewellery, like that of Canada itself, has struggled with the assimilation of foreign influences, economies and cultures as well as the insecurities of the Canadian temperament in its search for a national…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Toronto

In the Ojibway language, Toronto means “meeting place.” At this site on the northern shore of Lake Ontario 18th-century French and English traders met native Indians to barter for fur pelts. Today Toronto is a city of over two…

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Metalsmith ’85 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1985 Fall issue of the Metalsmith Magazine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Masterworks of Contemporary American Jewelry: Sources

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The Jewelry of Vincent Ferrini

On the second floor of a historic wooden building in an elegant shopping area of affluent Concord, Massachusetts, is found the studio/gallery of Goldsmiths 3. This environment reflects the mature stage in the logical progression that has…

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Galleries: Quadrum Gallery

This is the third of a series on galleries that specialize in jewelry and metalwork. The Quadrum Gallery is owned and operated by Cynthia Kagan. See below for related articles. Situated among exclusive clothing stores and interior design…

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Galleries: The Yaw Gallery

This is a continuing series on galleries that specialize in jewelry and metalwork. The Yaw Gallery is owned and operated by Nancy Yaw. See below for related articles. The town of Birmingham, Michigan is an affluent suburb of Detroit. Aside…

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Galleries: The Vo Galerie

This is the first in a series on galleries that specialize in jewelry and metalwork. The Vo Galerie is a European Jewelry Showcase in the American Capitol. See below for related articles. The new wave of European jewelry that has been lapping…

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Austrian Jewelers Exhibition

All five artists in this 5 Austrian Jewelers show were trained at the Hochschüle für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. While their work goes in slightly different directions, they all consider themselves “jewelry artists” and…

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Charles Lewton-Brain Exhibition

A goldsmith, not only a jeweler, Charles Lewton-Brain exhibits the competence and traditional skills accumulated through studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and his experience working with goldsmiths Karl Angermeir and…

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Joan Michlin: Current Metalsmithing

Celebrating its move to a new location, Creative Metalsmiths featured the slick art jewelry of Joan Michlin. Her futuristic style was toned down with materials that have transcended time—all gold jewelry, most with a small diamond or two.…

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German Jewelry: Freedom Through Precision

Mention German craftsmanship, and we think of diligent Black Forest elves making precision cameras and automobiles. Ordinarily, “precision” connotes accuracy, quality and attention to detail. Precision need not constrict…

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M. Avigail Upin: Current Work Exhibition

M. Avigail Upin’s carefully constructed work displays a cool and impeccable cleanness of style, with silver the dominant material. Her earlier work—jewelry and containers—characterized by literalness and elegant miniaturization…

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The Goldsmith & The Grape Exhibition

I thought this was a dazzling exhibition, even before I had a glass of wine. It was definitely a step back into history. Two of the great London Livery Companies, the goldsmiths and the vintners, joined to produce a comprehensive exhibition…

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A Faberge Inspired Mechanical Jewelry Egg

Early in 1984 Jack called to see if I’d be interested in creating an anniversary gift to celebrate twenty-five years of marriage with Ryoko. The question was posed “What can be created that Parallels the unique and creative skills…

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Jewelry Design: New York State Artists Exhibition

For the “Jewelry Design” show at the Johnson Museum of Art, Louise Porter, Coordinator of Crafts, selected both jewelry and sculpture by New York State artists. She was especially drawn to artists oriented toward jewelry design…

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Janice Kluge: Metalwork and Sculpture

Janice Kluge’s exhibition of metalwork and sculpture at the Birmingham Museum of Art was small in scale but rich in variety and execution. The 11 pieces and drawings, from 1981-83, illustrated her ongoing involvement with natural…

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Carrie Adell: Energies of Transformation

Carrie Adell is perhaps best known for her jewelry which transforms common, familiar, organic and geometric objects and forms into interesting and wearable jewelry. Her work ranges from simple to flamboyant, classic to outrageous. This…

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Christine Clark and Dennis Leudeman Exhibition

This exhibition of two sculptors at the Merritt Gallery constituted the first major showing of work by either artist. An almost overflowing display of 25 floor and pedestal pieces ranged in height from 6 inches to 10 feet. There was more than…

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Deborah Aguado: Use of Image and Enigma in Jewelry

Stone, metal and space compose the careful balance in Deborah Aguado’s work. Her first geometric formalisms constructed in metal were developed in 1973 when she participated in a goldsmithing seminar at the Akademie für Bildende…

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The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

It all began in 1978. Gretchen Klunder-Raber issued an open invitation to all persons interested in metalsmithing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to meet to discuss the possible formation of a guild. Raber was keenly aware of the…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Germany

My trips to Germany in 1980 and 1982 were the most satisfying experiences in relation to my metalwork. They were the most rewarding in my growth as an artist/designer and the expansion of my business. Therefore I would like to share some of my…

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Hans Appenzeller’s Elegant Designs

In April of 1983, a simple and relatively unpretentious store joined the ranks of the illustrious “boutiques” and other high-priced establishments lining the sidewalks of Madison Avenue on New York’s fashionable upper…

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Betty Helen Longhi Exhibition

It is refreshing to see a designer of Betty Helen Longhi’s ability break away from the museum mentality and move into the marketplace with affordable production jewelry. She was really three people at the Plum Gallery exhibit, each…

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Virtuoso Symposium Exhibition

It is possible to practice medicine and do it very successfully and happily without much familiarity with or interest in the history of that profession. It may also be possible to practice metalsmithing with the same attitude of detachment,…

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Metalwork: A National Invitational Exhibition

This show provided an overview of some of the new directions and esthetic concerns of metalsmiths in the 1980s. Curated by Janice Kluge, it included approximately 50 small metal sculptures and pieces of jewelry by 18 artists from throughout…

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The Arts and Crafts Movement

“It is allowing machines to be our masters and not our servants that so insures the beauty of life nowadays.” Ironically, this quote does not come from a contemporary philosopher decrying the computer age, but rather, from William…

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Robert Ebendorf and Ivy Ross Exhibition

While this was not the first time that Ivy Ross and Robert Ebendorf have exhibited together, this exhibition showed clearly their diverse approaches: Ross’s jewelry relating to clothing and Ebendorf’s relating to wall collages.…

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Komelia Hongja Okim Exhibition

Translated into English, Korea means “chosen.” Komelia Hongja Okim, a native of Korea, has faced a great many consequential choices both in her personal and professional lives. Of these, one of the most important has been her…

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All That Glitters Exhibition

“All That Glitters,” the first national competitive exhibition of fine art glass and jewelry in Arizona, featured the work of 17 jewelers from all parts of the United States. The jurors were David Pimentel, Associate Professor…

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Curtis LaFollette Exhibition

From the very cover of the announcement brochure, one sensed the struggles and conflicts represented in the work in this often-puzzling show. Even though I consider Curtis LaFollette a good friend, I do not completely subscribe to the more…

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Wendy Ramshaw Retrospective Exhibition

This exhibit, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1982, will be traveling for two years throughout the United States. The pieces included in this collection, mostly metal and ceramic jewelry, span about 13 years…

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The San Francisco Metal Arts Guild

When I returned from Europe in 1951, my friend Margaret de Patta called and invited me to join a group of metal artists who were structuring an organization dedicated to the needs of producing craftsmen. This group held monthly meetings which…

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Photographic Images on Refractory Metals

The following article explains photo techniques used to transfer images onto refractory metals. These findings were developed during my graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, California. Traditionally photo resists…

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Robert Lee Morris: The Business of Marketing Art Jewelry

Jewelry was never on his mind—at least not while he was studying art and anthropology in college. It was filmmaking which claimed his most serious career intentions and to which Robert Lee Morris committed himself, until he realized just…

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The Metal Arts Guild of Ontario

In 1946 a small band of metal enthusiasts in Toronto, Canada, formed the Metal Arts Guild (MAG) “to promote and encourage the cultural and commercial development of metal arts and crafts both non-ferrous and ferrous.” The articles…

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Jewellery in Transition

In early 1983 a call for entry was sent out across Canada for submissions to a multimedia, nonprecious jewellery exhibition “Jewellery in Transition” inspired by the spirit of the British “Jewellery Redefined”…

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Belgian Contemporary Jewelry Designers

The brain child of a private art-craft dealer, Denise Renard-Honhon, this exhibition presented 22 of Belgium’s contemporary jewelry designers. The idea was to introduce Americans to a representative selection of Belgium’s…

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Gayle Saunders Exhibition

Of the various schools of thought about design, “less is more” has been one of the most enduring of the 20th century. Its beginnings were in the reaction against the almost stupifying ostentation used to proclaim society’s…

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Samuel Yellin, Metalworker

At a time marked by an international revival of the blacksmith’s art, the Samuel Yellin exhibition at the Federal Reserve Bank provided a welcome opportunity to view the work of one of this century’s master metalworkers. Samuel

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Stuart Devlin Retrospective Exhibition

Stuart Devlin’s exhibition offered the viewer a feast, a visit to an Aladdin’s cave. The exhibition celebrated 25 years of achievement by an outstandingly innovative, creative and prolific designer. The abundance and range…

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The Work of John Marshall

The success of John Marshall’s art, as a practicing metalsmith, was evident in this impressive exhibition. Held in conjunction with the 1983 Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference at Asilomar, Marshall’s show was…

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1983 Artpark Experience

About 30 miles north of Buffalo, New York, less than 10 miles downstream from Niagara Falls, is a unique facility called Artpark. It is not so much a place as a program; in fact more than that, it is a concept. Artpark is a cultural resource designed…

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1984 SNAG Conference Review

On the second day of the 1984 Society of North American Goldsmith’s conference held in June in New York City, the pragmatic theme of “Art and Industry” was briefly abandoned and esthetic concerns came to the forefront.…

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Ancient Inspirations: Contemporary Interpretations

When I first heard about the craft show “Ancient Inspirations: Contemporary Interpretations,” I was impressed. The press information packet that I was sent by Metalsmith, when asked to review this exhibition, struck me as…

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1982 Sculptural Jewelry Exhibition

Sculptural Jewelry ‘82 Contemporary Artisans Gallery, San Francisco October 27-November 20, 1982 Under the theme “Sculptural Jewelry ’82” Contemporary Artisans showed the diverse work of eight nationally known…

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Doneghy Collection of Southwest Indian Silver

At a time when the country is still reeling from the vogue for Indian jewelry displayed around the necks of rock stars, like the chains of the Lord Mayor, and on the blue jean shirts of admirers of “the Santa Fe look,” it is refreshing…

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Successful Artists Collaboration

When Theo Janson and Vanessa Compton moved into the winding basement studio space on Toronto’s Markham Street in May 1978, they were not thinking that a short four years would find them moving again to a larger windowed storefront, that…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Los Angeles

This Metalsmith’s Guide to Los Angeles can be useful to metalsmiths who are new to the Los Angeles area or to people who have been living here and developed an interest in the metalsmithing world. The information is based on the experience…

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The Future of the Jewelry Industry in 2016

Editor’s Note: This following is an excerpt from Looking Ahead, which appeared in the December 2015 issue of MJSA Journal. To obtain a copy of the full article, contact MJSA at 1-800-444-6572 or via e-mail at info@mjsa.org. Industry…

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Pricing Formula for Jewelry Pieces

Editor’s Note: Pricing jewelry pieces is one of the most challenging things jewelry designers must do. Price a piece too low and you may not cover your costs. Price it too high and no one may ever buy it. In this new occasional series, we ask jewelers…

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2014 Hottest Colored Stone Hues

Editor’s Note: For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York to identify the season’s most important color trends. The twice-yearly report…

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3 Top Challenges for Jewelry Makers in 2014

Editor’s Note: Looking ahead at the coming year, it’s just as important to consider the challenges facing the jewelry industry as it is to focus on the trends. Turning those challenges into opportunities will be key to increasing…

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Resume Preparation for Gallery Presentation

The first questions to ask yourself when preparing a resume are: For whom is it intended? What do I want it to represent? Applying for a zoo keepers job you might put down your experience carrying llamas across the Andes but you would probably…

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Successful e-Commerce Ventures

The ongoing debate over the necessity of e-commerce in the jewelry industry is coming to a close. From small shop artisans showcasing their custom work to major manufacturers providing their customers with the ability to place and track orders…

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Modes of Working with Jewelry

This short paper offers a set of names to describe how the jewellery metals field is made up in terms of the way practitioners approach their medium. There is no great truth to the way this has been done; it is just to have tools to discuss the subject…

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Book Review – Lapidary Carving for Creative Jewelry

This book is an expert and concise introduction to the world of carving gem materials. You could actually do it if you studied the book carefully. It offers an insight into this world, tickles you with hints of new techniques and is a solid grounding…

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Trade Show Marketing Tip

At most trade shows, you could stock up on enough pens, notepads, tote bags, and keychains to start a thriving second business as a flea-market dealer. The problem with such giveaways isn’t that they aren’t useful; it’s that there are so many…

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Book Review – Ethnic Jewellery

For those of us who get our sustenance from books about jewelry, Ethnic Jewellery is an excellent feed. Its 170 photos of delectable jewelry, commentaries, and maps quickly wafted this reader into daydreams about the bejeweled tribes that…

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Displaying Watches and Jewelry

These days, great demands am placed on display materials and packaging. They must be inexpensive, part of an integrated communication system, easy to handle, attractive, and of course be a good creative fit with the design.

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Chain and Bracelet Catches 1

The first requirement of all catches is that they secure neckpieces and bracelets in such a way that they will not fall off the wearer. Once this is accomplished, there are other concerns that should be addressed. Making catches requires a high…

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Amateur Artists Fill Unique Niche in the Jewelry World

For jewelry artists, it iss an opportunity to sell work that has become difficult to place at price-conscious mainstream jewelry stores. For the public, it iss a chance to buy innovative jewelry that they might otherwise never have seen. And…

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Book Review – Art Jewelry Today

The very term art jewelry has been bandied about so much within the past few decades that one must endeavor to apply the designation correctly, and, when attempting a book of this scope, fairly comprehensively. It would be impossible to include…

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Jewelry as Protective Ornaments

Rarely do we think of jewelry as a matter of life and death. On the contrary, ornament is typically perceived as superfluous or even trivial. In spite of this view, jewelry and other bodily adornment can indeed facilitate our survival in various…

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Book Review – Bernhard Schobinger – Jewels Now!

Bernhard Schobinger, one of Europes most provocative and influential jewel artists, is the subject of this handsome monograph, originally produced for the first major retrospective of his work at the Museum Bellerive in Zurich , Switzerland…

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Champleve Jewelry – At The Turn Of A Wheel

After experimenting with the various techniques of enameling I decided that champleve jewelry best suited my interests. Being very familiar with the usual etching methods of scoring the metal, I thought the process was rather cumbersome…

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CAD/CAM and Expertise of David Nytch

David Nytch, proprietor of West ‘ Co. an independently owned jewelry store in Webster, NY is changing the way customers see his business. Nytch had observed that independently owned stores are often regarded by consumers as service centers…

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Book Review – Two New European Jewelry Books

Two new European jewelry books crossed my desk this summer. One offered an uneven survey of jewelry concepts and the other strong work, beautiful production values, and thoughtful scholarship.

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Book Review – Gijs Bakker and Jewelry

One of the best things about a retrospective book is having a window into the mind of an artist, meandering from idea to idea, watching as obsession evolves into recurring theme. Gijs Bakker is arguably the most famous, and certainly the most…

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Making a Bezel

Making a bezel for many stones such as an antique cushion garnet can be difficult when the mandrels on hand do not fit. With the miniature stakes the whole process is quick and easy. The side benefit is that they are more precise than only using…

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Book Review – Delightful Beaded Earring Designs

This small paperback book is written and illustrated by Jan Radford. At 8.95 it is an affordable introduction to ‘Indian’ style beaded earrings made with small glass beads. It has a somewhat dry, thin feel to it, but for someone interested in…

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Proper Studio Light

Do not get caught in the dark – make certain your shop is well lit. In the jewelry shop, two types of lighting are used. 1. Ambient or General Lighting. 2. Task Lighting. It is best to have a combination of the two in your shop. It is best to have a combination…

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Make Your Own Jewelry Displays

Here are some photos of jewelry displays I have made. Bend galvanized sheet metal to make an acute sort of “L” shape, and round the corners a bit with heavy tin snips. Felt will be placed on the front, trimmed to a size just about 5 mm bigger than the…

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The Future of the Jewelry Industry in 2015

No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, which can make business planning a challenge. To help make that task a little easier, we recently spoke with leading members of the industry to hear where they thought we’re headed in the coming…

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