On Offer – Art Jewelry Forum


January 2024, Part 2

There are so many reasons to purchase art jewelry…

  • Celebrate that hard-earned promotion
  • Honor a once-in-a-lifetime occasion
  • Pay tribute to a major accomplishment
  • Commemorate the beginning of a new relationship or the end of one
  • Pounce on the perfect piece to round out an aspect of your collection
  • Or invest in a treat for yourself—just because

Art Jewelry Forum’s international gallery supporters celebrate and exhibit art jewelry. Our monthly On Offer series allows this extensive network of international galleries to showcase extraordinary pieces personally selected to tempt and inspire you. Take a look. You’re bound to find a fantastic piece you simply can’t live without! (Please contact the gallery directly for inquiries.)

Anja Jagsch, Untitled
Anja Jagsch, Untitled, 2023, earrings, sterling silver, copper mesh, vitreous enamel, ⅝ x ⅜ inches (15 x 10 mm) and 2 inches (50 mm) long, including hook, photo: Jane Bowden

Gallery:  Zu design, Adelaide, Australia (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Jane Bowden (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Anja Jagsch
Retail price: AUS$145–$185 per pair
Anja Jagsch has an approach to making which is very intuitive. “I love the wabi sabi of these earrings,” says gallerist Jane Bowden, “their shape being dictated by the gentle folding of the copper mesh, which is used as a surface for enameling with carefully selected colors that are subtly blended.”

Yaiza Rodríguez, Acuerpar Nº2
Yaiza Rodríguez, Acuerpar Nº2, 2023, brooch, cotton, gelatin, porcelain, copper, steel, acrylic paint, 5 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (145 x 120 x 70 mm), photo courtesy of Four Gallery

Gallery: Four Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Karin Roy Andersson (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Yaiza Rodríguez
Retail price: €400
What’s that? How do you use it? How does it feel to touch, and to hold? Does it smell? Yaiza Rodriguez’s works arouse curiosity. They lure you in with promises that you will get to know their secrets if you get close enough. The jewelry is about bodies, fears, and taboos, but also about intimacy and vulnerability.

Ginny Whitney, Untitled
Ginny Whitney, Untitled, 2010, brooch, oxidized sterling silver, kiln-fired enamel, 2 ⅞ x 1 ⅜ inches (73 x 35 mm), photo courtesy of Aaron Faber Gallery

Gallery: Aaron Faber Gallery, New York City (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Patricia Kiley Faber (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Ginny Whitney
Retail price: US$1,125
Ginny Whitney is a New York artist whose postmodern works in traditional kiln-fired enamel are prized by collectors.

Donna D'Aquino, Rainbow Square
Donna D’Aquino, Rainbow Square, necklace, powder-coated steel, stainless steel cable, 1 x 30 inches (25 x 762 mm), photo courtesy of Museum of Craft and Design

Gallery: Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA, US (click the name to link to its website)
Contact: Ken Irish (click the name for the email address)
Artist: Donna D’Aquino|
Retail price: US$355
A variety of sizes of squares make up this rainbow-colored necklace. Powder coated and strung on a stainless-steel cable, the colorful components spin. Donna D’Aquino’s jewelry is colorful, durable, and lightweight. Trained in graphic design, D’Aquino is interested in the bare essentials of design, simplicity, and elegance. Her jewelry and sculptural work is based on the act of drawing. She creates one-of-a-kind statement pieces, as well as everyday jewelry. Combining geometric lines and vivid colors, her elegant hand-crafted jewelry is the culmination of a life-long fascination with structural elements and a love of clean, vibrant design. The result is lightweight jewelry that is bold, adventurous, and easy to wear. Whether a distinctive one-of-a-kind necklace or colorful earrings, all of her work is hand-fabricated using steel, sterling silver, 18-karat gold, and colorful, durable powder-coated brass in a range of colorways and sizes.

Ataumbi Metals (Keri Ataumbi), Lovebirds
Ataumbi Metals (Keri Ataumbi), Lovebirds, cuff, sterling silver, photo courtesy of Mahnaz Collection

Gallery: Mahnaz Collection, New York City (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Noelle Wiegand (click the name for the email address)
Artist: Keri Ataumbi
Retail price: US$1,100
The celebrated Kiowa artist Keri Ataumbi creates her pieces under the moniker Ataumbi Metals. Her studio, located in Cerrillos Hills, outside of Santa Fe, NM, US, is the centerpiece of her practice. It is there that all of her pieces are made from start to finish. Ataumbi prefers to work with materials that are both precious and come out of the Native community but that are also considered precious by the non-Native world as well. This Lovebirds cuff is made of sterling silver with the toes of the birds touching, creating symmetry and harmony.

Elliot Keeley, Paper Chain
Elliot Keeley, Paper Chain, 2023, necklace, powder-coated steel, each link approximately 1 ¼ x 4 ½ inches (32 x 114 mm) photo: artist

Gallery: Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD, US (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Allison Gulick (click the name for the email address)
Artist: Elliot Keeley
Retail price: US$1,800
Elliot Keeley is an artist and metalsmith from Raleigh, NC, US. He completed his BFA with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Appalachian State University. From 2017–2019, he participated in the two-year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft. Keeley explores different processes, often incorporating ceramics, drawing, painting, and collage into his work, while maintaining and specializing a practice in metal. He is currently based in Baltimore, MD, US, where he works as a manager of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, a nonprofit jewelry educational space.

Doris Betz, Tableau des Visages III
Doris Betz, Tableau des Visages III, 2022, brooch, plastic, paint, silver, 3 ½ x 2 ⅜ x ⅛ inches (90 x 60 x 4 mm), photo courtesy of Galeria Tereza Seabra

Gallery: Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, Portugal (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Tereza Seabra (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Doris Betz
Retail price: €1,180, plus shipping
“Doris Betz (b. 1960) is devoted to exploring linear form in her work. In jewelry objects and drawings, she fathoms the depths of the potential of the line and the possibilities of the material silver, which she contorts, turns, rolls, and turns again, finally lacquering, oxidizing, or patinating with a flame. Unforeseen, fragile-looking, poetic formations emerge from overlaps, knots, and layers, which render visible the relationship to a vegetal language of natural forms—a source of inspiration for the artist.” Excerpted from the book Doris Betz Jewellery and Drawing.

Liaung-Chung Yen, Stone Trail
Liaung-Chung Yen, Stone Trail, necklace, oxidized sterling silver, 18-karat gold, 22-karat gold, photo: Pistachios

Gallery: Pistachios Contemporary Art Jewelry, Chicago, IL, US (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: The Pistachios Team (click the name for the email address)
Artist: Liaung-Chung Yen
Retail price: US$3,995
Liaung-Chung Yen’s work is nature-inspired, and certainly unique. Yen explains, “I like to use geometric shapes, architectural elements, and hollow construction forms to interpret nature … [the] hollow construction forms require countless soldering process, creating strength and durability in what appears to be a fragile and delicate art jewelry piece.” This asymmetrical necklace is a testament to Yen’s impeccable craftsmanship, and is made with oxidized sterling silver and 18- and 22-karat gold.

Helena Sandström, Butterfly Wings
Helena Sandström, Butterfly Wings, 2023, earrings, titanium, 18-karat gold, 2 x 1 ⅜ inches (50 x 35 mm), photo: Sofia Björkman

Gallery: Platina Stockholm AB, Stockholm, Sweden (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Sofia Björkman (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Helena Sandström
Retail price: US$450
Helena Sandström is a jewelry artist from Stockholm. She often explores metals that have limitations and looks for the natural beauty in each material. These earrings are made in titanium, with hooks of gold. It is difficult to solder titanium in the usual way. Instead, Sandström uses the metals flat or creates volume from the flat sheet by sawing and folding.

Ruudt Peters, Iosis 28
Ruudt Peters, Iosis 28, brooch, silver, silk, polyester, 2 ½ x 2 ⅜ inches (65 x 60 mm), photo courtesy of Galeria Reverso

Gallery: Galeria Reverso, Lisbon, Portugal (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Paula Crespo (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Ruudt Peters
Retail price: €1,650
For the Iosis series, Ruudt Peters traveled in Asia for six months, following in the footsteps of the color red. He let his impressions fall first into a porcelain project incorporated in, and also named after, the alchemical color canon: Rubedo. The pieces in the series are powerful, compact, hermetically sealed objects, bone-like double forms or structures that are reminiscent of corals, vessel or vase-like structures. Rubedo follows the Chinese tradition and presents itself as a real flood, a difficult contributor, a cross of opaque objects that know to hide the qualities of porcelain under a layer of glaze. (Adapted from writing by Barbara Maas in Iosis 2002)

Esther Knobel, Flora Palestina Petal Pin
Esther Knobel, Flora Palestina Petal Pin, laminated rose petals, silver, photo courtesy of Gallery Loupe

Gallery: Gallery Loupe, Montclair, NJ, US (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Patti Bleicher (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Esther Knobel
Retail price: US$180
Israeli artist Esther Knobel is a highly original thinker, investigator, and maker, strongly motivated by, and attached to, such themes as family and nationality. She is especially sensitive to the power and importance of making, craftsmanship, and artisanal skills—the interaction between head and hand, the skilled worker and society, all topics she addresses in her book, The Mind in the Hand (2007). Knobel works with multiple materials in numerous processes, including assemblage, enamels, electroforming, and textile techniques—such as knitting and embroidery with metal wire—and object repurposing.

Brendon Monson, Untitled
Brendon Monson, Untitled, 2023, brooches, brass, stainless steel, (top middle) 2 ⅛ x 3 ⅜ x ½ inches (55 x 85 x 12 mm), photo: Michael Couper

Gallery: Fingers Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Lisa Higgins (click the name for the email address)
Artist: Brendon Monson
Retail price: Each NZ$300
Made by hydraulic-pressing brass plate over 3D-printed forms, these latest works by Brendon Monson are a continuation of his interest in computer-aided design and its application in creating thought-provoking forms. “I recently came across a folder of my old high school technical drawings,” he said. “We used to do heaps of isometric drawing exercises. I think this was a precursor to my interest in 3D-modelling and printing.” Monson graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2014 and has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Catherine Sheedy, Chercher Sa Stabilité 9
Catherine Sheedy, Chercher Sa Stabilité 9, 2023, pendant, sterling silver, silica, 17 ⅜ x 4 ⅜ x 2 ⅜ inches (440 x 110 x 60 mm), photo: Anthony McLean

Gallery: Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, bijoux et objets contemporains, Montreal, Canada (click the gallery name to link to its website)
Contact: Noel Guyomarc’h (click the gallerist’s name for the email address)
Artist: Catherine Sheedy
Retail price: CAN$1,600
Fascinated by the impact of humans on the transformation of landscapes, Catherine Sheedy is inspired by the origin of the materials she finds to create jewelry that bears witness to the history of a place. The relationship with the body, inseparable from this medium of expression, allows the subjects she addresses to be felt visually and physically.

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