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By Ettagale Blauer

The Phenomenon of Studio Goldsmithing while the historical past of paintings within the Nineteen Eighties is written, a lot of will probably be etched in gold. this is often the time of the modern goldsmith, an artist who chooses to paintings in invaluable metals instead of oils or marble. The modern jeweler-as-artist has only in the near past develop into a re­ cognized strength. With infrequent exceptions, the entire box is little greater than thirty years previous. however it is barely in the prior fifteen years that those jewelers have entered the jewellery mainstream. The phenomenon of latest goldsmithing embraces an eclectic workforce of artists, every one with a distinct imaginative and prescient, every one taking a in keeping with­ sonal route to jewellery generating. they've got as little courting to the common, industrially produced jewellery as a champagne maker has to a bottler of orange soda. They technique a bit of artwork, no longer a section of steel. The paintings is own and an ideal expression of the "back to the land" move that spawned it. a lot of those goldsmiths have been taking a look no longer purely for the way to make a dwelling yet for how to make a existence that used to be necessary of residing. operating a company whereas attempting to stay an inventive metalsmith whilst is the continued problem. The jeweler-artists have solved or resolved those usually conflicting wishes in a little bit other ways and in a stunning number of concepts and types. Their meth­ ods, their progress, and their paintings are mentioned the following.

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I think they wanted to work with their hands. That was a Earl Pardon. Brooch. Sterling silv er, 14k gold, enamel, garnet , shell. (1988) Teachers 49 Sharon Church. Cuff bracelet. Sterling silver with overlays of 14k gold. " Pardon describes the 1960s and early 1970s as "a glorious time to be teaching. The students were very serious. I don't see that as much now. Art is a difficult field to go into now. Today it's quite different. It's more of a hobby type thing, not a serious art form. " Among his best known students in addition to Glenda Arentzen are Helen Shirk, Sharon Church, and Anne Besse-Shepherd.

View of exhibits. ) 21 22 Contemporary American jewelry Design than fifteen years, felt obliged to expand the show in order to attract enough buyers. Ironically, this was not a problem when there was only one show, housed in Rhinebeck. The two events coexist uneasily, although as ACE expands, it embraces work quite different in concept from its original vision. But the two events emanated from quite different motivations. ACE was established as the marketing arm of the American Craft Council to exercise some direction over the Rhinebeck show, which had simply grown helter-skelter.

A few jewelers have opened their own shops, sidestepping the show process entirely. Others have shops and still enter shows, keeping one foot in each camp. The need for marketing venues continues. If crafts were ever to take their place among mainstream products, the situation would be alleviated, but that is not going to happen. For a brief moment, in the 1980s, it looked as if it might. jewelers were making fair inroads into the commercial jewelry shows and achieving some success in reaching out to the traditional retailer.

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