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Khanya Mthethwa on Winning the 2023 Susan Beech Mid-Career Grant

Established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech, the $20,000 grant aims to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field of art jewelry. The jury consisted of AJF founder Susan Cummins and the curators Beatriz Chadour-Samson and LaMar Gayles. Khanya Mthethwa, who is from South Africa, took time from […]

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Mind the Gap

In 2016, I submitted a dissertation on the history of craft communities, with an emphasis on contemporary jewelry education and its institutionalization in the 21st-century art school. It is almost exclusively primary source material relating to the founding of the American Craft Council and the Society of North American Goldsmiths, but despite the dense historical

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April Higashi

(left) The Shibumi Gallery doors and meeting area, 2016, photo: Mark Tucsman; (right) April Higashi in her gallery, 2015, photo: Maren Caruso I have known April Higashi for many years and—full disclosure—she worked for me when I owned a gallery for a number of years. I think April is the ideal model for the new

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Bonnie Levine

John Moore, Diamond Verto Necklace, 2015, sterling silver, 18-karat gold, diamonds, steel, silicone, magnets, 210 mm diameter, photo: artist Bonnie Levine is the kind of person who wants to do things right. She’s honest, earnest, and takes care to think before she leaps. So I can imagine that before she decided to start a gallery,

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In Conversation with Paul Derrez, Mike Holmes, and Noel Guyomarc’h

Exterior view, Ra Gallery, 1979, Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, Amsterdam, photo: courtesy Ra Gallery The past decade has given most independent art practitioners occasional cause for dismay, as culture budgets get slashed and jewelry departments fight for their economic survival. In this climate, I find it particularly important to celebrate the resilience of jewelry dealers around the

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Anna Cheng

Ame Gallery, photo: Andy Kwan Former interior architect Anna Cheng was all set to enter the family business selling traditional fine jewelry in the competitive Hong Kong market. But fate intervened. While traveling through Europe and the US, Cheng was exposed to contemporary art jewelry, fell in love with it, and the rest, as they

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Miwha Oh

Exterior and interior view, Gallery O, Seoul, Korea, photo: Gallery O Founded in 2001, Gallery O is a leading gallery in South Korea for local and international contemporary jewelry. Its founder, jewelry artist Miwha Oh, holds degrees in metalsmithing, museum studies, and gemology, and has applied her extensive education to raising the visibility of contemporary

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HD: Lost in Translation

This is the way Zimmerhof works: A core group of five people (the hosts) invites a team of willing organizers—which tends to self-select every year—to put together the program for the next edition. The organizers pick the theme, think up a groovy line-up of speakers, get worried that they won’t show up, are reassured three

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