October 2015

Tura Sugden: Silhouettes

Tura Sugden, photo: artist Tura Sugden is an artist based in San Francisco who composes golden architectural spaces in her meticulously constructed jewelry. Sugden has studied advanced goldsmithing techniques in Belgium, Maine, Tennessee, Kansas, and California. Her show, Silhouettes, at Shibumi Gallery, gave me a chance to interview her. Olivia Shih: You were classically trained …

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Jill Baker Gower: Dermal

Jill Baker Gower, Fleshgem Brooch #1, 2013, rubber, garnets, pearls, silver, 69.9 X 85.7 X 19 mm, photo by artist Jill Baker Gower is an artist, metalsmith, and educator. Her jewelry, often based on the female experience, has been widely exhibited and printed in publications such as Metalsmith magazine and the book 500 Enameled Objects. …

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Chiara Scarpitti: Ushabti

Chiara Scarpitti, Ushabti, 2015, ornamental pendant, gold-plated silver, Plexiglas, steel, passementerie, 300 x 150 x 10 mm, photo: U. Puca With a PhD in design and innovation, Chiara Scarpitti is an artist who combines anthropological research with digital manufacturing in thought-provoking jewelry. She thinks of herself as a designer who specializes in contemporary jewelry and …

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Lessons from Adam Grinovich

Jeweler Adam Grinovich trying on someone’s Rolex at Schmucksymposium Zimmerhof, Bad Rappenau, Germany Jeweler Adam Grinovich trying on someone’s Rolex at Schmucksymposium Zimmerhof, Bad Rappenau, Germany Toward the end of the Q&A portion of the talk he gave during Zimmerhof 2015, Adam confessed that he had recently acquired a crazy obsession with getting a Rolex. …

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Aurélie Guillaume: Student Award Winner

Aurélie Guillaume, Florentino, 2015, necklace, enamel on copper, sterling silver, fine silver, powder-coated brass, gold-plated copper, 110 x 500 x 27 mm, photo: Eliot Wright  Aurélie Guillaume, a recent graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), won the 2015 L.A. Pai Gallery student competition. This award is based on technical excellence, …

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