WEARABLE VESSELS

2o13

Materials: Silver 925/ Carnelian 

Photographs: Marissa Racht Ryan


Vessels began being made at the earliest ages of human development and quickly became an art form. The Greeks, Etruscans and Romans took them to new heights, going beyond functional uses, such as amphorae for holding wine and oil and began concentrating on their beauty as works of art and precious objects. This collection of pieces explores the use of the vessel through the ages and how they have been incorporated into ancient and contemporary society.  

 

 

They serve a utilitarian purpose a luxury form and can be related to the "poison" jewelry popularized in the 16th century, which actually began in ancient times, carrying locks of heart or other such relics deemed important enough to to keep of ones person.  The main bodies of the pieces come from antique silver forms, repurposed; an important element of the design. They explore the concept of rebirth and reuse. This allows for a sense and finish of something that has been excavated from an archeological digs and given a second life on a museum.   

 

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