February 2014

Farrah Al-Dujaili

Farrah Al-Dujaili, a maker from the United Kingdom, won the 2011 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an Emerging Artist for her bold, unique mix of drawing and making that crosses over and intertwines. Working with drawing materials, such as pencil, crayons, and watercolors, she applies them to the surface of enamel paint to create […]

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Between Two Sovereignties: Artists and Tradition

Dans la ligne de mire. Scènes du bijou contemporain en France September 20, 2013–March 2, 2014 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France Circuits bijoux, parcours du bijou contemporain (“Jewel circuit, a route/itinerary of contemporary jewelry”) is one of the most ambitious cultural events concerning contemporary jewelry to take place in the past 10 years in Europe,

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Louder Than Words

Davide Bigazzi, Parole, Parole, 2014, cuff, sterling silver, 18-karat gold, white diamonds, 38.1-mm wide, photo: artist Susan Cummins: What was your inspiration for this show? Karen Lorene: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery has, for many years, combined the worlds of art jewelry and the written word. Often, the shows that combine a publication: Signs of Life,

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Karen Pontoppidan: Context

Karen PontoppidanKaren Pontoppidan is having numerous shows as part of a series called CANVAS CONTEXT CASH. The first part, called just CANVAS, was presented in 2011 as a solo exhibition at three different galleries—Galerie Rob Koudijs, Galerie Spektrum, and Gallery V + V. The current show called CONTEXT was first presented at Galerie Rob Koudijs last April and is now at Galerie Spectrum. CASH will be presented for the first time with Gallery Maurer-Zilioli as a solo exhibition in March 2014, and then continue to a group exhibition in Poland. The concept of rolling out a big collection of jewelry using related ideas is very ambitious. And Karen is trying out and really experimenting not only with that but with ways of working as well. Pretty fascinating stuff.

Susan Cummins: Karen, can you fill us in on your background, and when it was that you decided to become a jeweler?

Karen Pontoppidan: When I was 13-years-old, I decided to become a jewelry artist. It was an easy decision because, growing up on a farm in Denmark, my imagined future profession and my imagined future “glory” seemed far away. Looking back at my decision, I believe it was mainly made against my parents and against the unbearable conservatism of the environment in which I grew up. Becoming an artist would make me untouchable for the measurements of a farmer’s mind, and therefore it was the best escape I could imagine. But no matter why I developed this goal, I am very happy with my choice of profession.


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