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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Krista McRae / Alister Yiap / Kelly Riekels / Marike Andeweg

Facets. I love them. If I were to be stranded on an island, I'd bring them with me — preferably in the form of these rings by Australia's Krista McRae, who kicks it up a notch with her single bejewelled facet detailing.

Above, some more faceted silver: double-header ring (top) by Alister Yiap, also of Australia, and shiny rings by Michigan's Kelly Riekels.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Jaanika Pajuste / SooYeon Kim / Bon Bon / Vladimir / Lígia Rocha

Since I featured only one artist last week, let's do a little catch-up today, starting above with this enamelled piece by London-based Estonian artist Jaanika Pajuste.

Silver "box rings" by Korean RISD student SooYeon Kim.

Tiny figures by Swiss jeweller Judith Bütler-Studer of Bon Bon.

Loopy "forja" rings by Spain's Vladimir.

Layers of silver, resin and galalith by Portugal's Lígia Rocha.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Liaung Chung Yen / Geoffrey D. Giles

Part V of this week's feature — see Monday's post for details!

I saved my favourite for last. This "cages" ring is part of the "Blowing Smoke" series, based on our no-longer-a-mystery artist's personal quest to stop smoking (yes, that cigarette is encased in glass). There's still plenty to see that I haven't posted this week, so please go check out the portfolio of SCAD grad and Henrietta, NY resident Liaung Chung Yen.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mystery Artist Week / Pan Wei Lu

Part IV of this week's feature — see Monday's post for details!

I love his series based on these little gold clamshell pods.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mystery Artist Week / Stefanie Priessnitz

Part III of this week's feature — see Monday's post for details!

Above, some of his work in plastic and rubber.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mystery Artist Week / Nicole Zahour

Part II of this week's feature — see Monday's post for details!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mystery Artist Week / David Bausman

As a rule, I don't feature the same artist twice. This week, though, I'm doing things a little differently. I just couldn't decide which part of this portfolio to feature so I'm spreading it out over the week, posting the same artist five times. The name, though, will be posted just once; tune in Friday to find out who it is!

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Elizabeth Woll / Audrey Says Hello!

As a creature in the wild, it would terrify me like nothing else. As a ring, however, the "scissor peacock" is pretty cool. For the equally cool "scissor feather" necklace, as well as striking pieces in pleated polyurethane, check out Massachusetts metalsmith Elizabeth Woll. More of her rings below:

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Soki / Klei

Postmodern and minimalist? Were these designed by the ghost of Raymond Carver? While that would be awesome, the credit actually goes to Belgium's Sofie Deboutte and Christine Loos, aka Soki (bague blanche, for those who may be wondering, means "white ring"). Below, more of their porcelain pieces with quotidian prints:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cleo & Cat (Claudia & Catalina Pieschacon) / Gudrun Stolz

I usually love chunky pairings of metal and stone, but not in this case. Here's why: this ring is actually made of polymer clay! While most polymer jewellery tends to be covered in bright patterns, Colombian-born sisters Claudia and Catalina Pieschacon (now based in Florida and New York, respectively) take a different approach. Rather than focus on colour, they concentrate on the sculptural properties of the material, then embed semi-precious stones and gild the pieces with paint. The rings aren't gold, but the results sure are. A few more samples below; visit their site Cleo & Cat for the whole collection.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Aaron Sault / Isabelle Azaïs

This "articulating talon ring" is designed to give the wearer control of the talon — which raises all sorts of ethical questions because, really, can a talon be used for anything other than evil? Below, more rings from Chicago-area jeweller Aaron Sault, featuring the hairs of mammals such as fox, squirrel, man and man's best friend (St. Bernard, to be precise):

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Claire Johnston / Kalle Polkutie

Back when I was a kid and my inner tubes didn't revolt at the sight of a giant yellow M, I used to love it when they handed out these types of puzzles with my filet o' "fish." Come to think of it, I think the little toys were even decorated with images of characters like Ronald McDonald and Grimace — as opposed to, say, Shrek™. Hard to imagine nowadays (and get off my lawn!). Anyway, this piece is by UK artist Claire Johnston, whose teeth you really ought to check out. The ones not in her mouth, I mean. Here's a sampling from her "Tooth Fairy" series:

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Martin Papcún / Melanie Bilenker

"Ring on my head, from my head, behind my head" by Prague's Martin Papcún. Now, as much as I like wearing rings, I also enjoy wearing hair (as long as it's my hair) so I think I'll leave this particular piece with him. Below, more of his handiwork — transformative rings in silver and brass from his "mechanic" range:

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Emily Bute / Elizabeth Goluch / Anna Ruth Henriques

Above, two metalsmiths who make me want to accessorize with creepy critters: Brooklyn's Emily Bute (tardigrade ring in silver, jet, copper and enamel, top) and Elizabeth Goluch of Halifax (silver wood-louse, bottom).

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stefanie Condes / Coconut Lu / Yoka Voorbach / Nao Goldwork

I like to think that all jewellery, on a microscopic level, is composed of tiny, ring-shaped molecules like this. In reality, this macroscopic piece represents one jeweller's efforts to put a modern spin on a traditional goldsmithing technique. Normally, granulation involves applying tiny beads to a surface — but Belgium's Stefanie Condes wanted granulation without a surface. She settled on rapid prototyping as a method and created the white structure you see here.

Above, more granules from Australia's Coconut Lu (top) and Dutch jeweller Yoka Voorbach (in hand).

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Carol Kingsbury Gwizdak / Serena Van Rensselaer

Seeing these rings so gorgeously displayed almost makes me wish I had porcelain plinths for fingers. Combining metal and porcelain with seeds, pods, moss and other botanicals, Carol Kingsbury Gwizdak highlights the preciousness of nature as opposed to material goods. More from the artist, who makes her home in Wales, below:

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Marta Rudnicka / Andrzej Bielak

Since a picture is worth 1,817 Canadian words, I'll just tell you that today's fab rings are by Polish artist Marta Rudnicka, whose new site launched last week. 9,085 more words' worth below:

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