More old photos of a vintage ring from my personal collection, this one is unsigned. And it's a honker, over 2 inches across the top. I love the way the negative space of the setting follows the grey line of the stone.
From the permanent collection of The Met, this is the gold finger ring of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. The catalog states, "The hieroglyphs on this ring may be read as an ideogram. The two seated figures are probably Akhenaten (left) and Nefertiti (right) as the deities Shu (air) and Tefnut (moisture). They were father and mother of the earth and sky, which are symbolically represented by the earth hieroglyph (below) and by the sun disk flanked by two sacred cobras (above)."
Elsa Peretti is my favorite Tiffany designer, her work is so elegant and at times whimsical. From Elsa's blog, "Born in Florence, she studied interior design in Rome. Peretti created jewellery for Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo and Halston. Elsa Peretti has worked exclusively with Tiffany since 1974, creating personal ornaments and tableware in silver, gold, lacquered wood, glass, carved hard stones and bamboo basketry."
Cabochon Rings Sterling silver, turquoise, rock crystal
Ligia Rocha lives in Portugal and creates impeccable jewelry with clean, modern lines. This is Ligia's RAW #3, it's a beautifully fabricated hollow form - I especially love the marriage of metals on the top. Check out Ligia's work with Japanese laquer. She also collaborates with her nephew, he sketches and Ligia makes his drawings into jewelry, I love their designs.
Undulation Ring Gold, chrysocola, amethyst, carnelian
Art Smith was a NYC-based modernist jeweler, most of his work is dated from the 1940s-70s. I have always found his designs inspiring. The Brooklyn museum featured his work in the exhibition From Village to Vogue in 2009. Smith's Lava Bracelet is one of his best known pieces.
Michele Grady made this fantastic sun ring for Ring a Week #3, I love it. Michelle wrote, "It has been so cold, snowy and cloudy here in NJ that the weather has inspired me to think of sunny summer days. Between the color/sparkle of the stone and the color/shape of brass, they were perfect for what I had in mind! I call this ring the "Sunburst Ring". It is hollow formed and made from oxidized sterling silver, brass & a druzy stone."
Victoria Tillotson make gorgeous modern jewelry. Victoria wrote, "I work primarily in sterling silver, and my designs oscillate rather bizarrely between organic and highly regimented forms. I crave precision and like to exploit the almost anti-human quality of machine parts like gears in some designs. Some of this has to do with my love of cars and motorcycles - the aesthetics of the engine. I’m particularly interested in machine and architectonic shapes, in the 2003 Speedloader series, for example."
silver made in the United States or England, 1860-80
A beautiful antique piece from the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you can view a larger image on the museum's web site. From the catalog:
"This flower or posey holder known as a Tussie (knot of flowers) Mussie (moist moss), was a nosegay for formal wear. It might have replaced a fan, especially in the winter season, as a dressy accessory to be carried. The chain, attached to the holder at one end and fitted with a finger ring at the other end, made the ornament more secure when whirling in the waltz. The 'vase' was stuffed with damp moss which kept the flowers fresh, and a silver pin fit across the flaring, filigree leaf and held the flowers in place."
I have always loved nosegays, they were used to mask the overpowering odors of the medieval period.
Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs said of his incredible Layer Rings, "Titanium is a great material. It cannot be soldered, so all the connections are cold-- riveting is the main one that I used. These rings were created layer by layer starting with the center and working my way out. Design elements were soldered into place as I went-- always to the silver. I used various styles of rivets. The smallest ones are 18k gold pins, but I also used tube rivets, and in the case of the garnet ring, the sterling lining on the shank is flared out on both sides to also act as a rivet. I cut and drilled the sterling and titanium sheet on a cnc milling machine."
I'm currently interested in making rings that stand on their own as small sculpture. I'm really happy with this design, I wish I'd had more time to put into the fabrication but I started late today. The backplate for the agate is too big and the prongs aren't close enough, but the setting for the wood turned out ok. Getting it to balance correctly was the trickiest part.
Michael Ott lives in Spain and makes modern rings with an industrial feel using sterling silver, iron, and gemstones. I greatly admire his work. Michael also takes beautiful photographs, check out his whole flickr stream for those.
My Toaster's Pet Butterfly Sterling silver, electronic components
This fabulous ring was made by the John and Corliss Rose of 2 Roses Studios. John and Corliss wrote, "If our pets can have appliances, can our appliances have pets? We think so. And our toaster confirmed this."
I'm working an artist residency at a local elementary school, the project is tile mosaic. I took some process photos for the kids and thought I'd share. The students arrange the tiles in small groupings and I transfer those to the board, tile around them, glue, and grout. There will be seven or eight 2' x 2' panels created, with picture wire on the backs so that they can be moved around the school if need be.
The students place the tiles and I trap them in their arrangement with contact paper.
Back in the studio I use an x-acto to cut them out.
Arranged on the board that I've spread with thinset, I will remove the contact paper tomorrow when everything is dry.