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There was a feast of jewelry and hollow ware to look at the Zoom Symposium at Indiana University. It was overwhelming, really.

Speaking of overwhelming, during a break I headed over to the campus art museum and toured the Ancient Greek/Asia section, the African section and then I was so full of art I just couldn’t take any more in. I almost didn’t go into the Western Art section. I forced myself and am so glad I did.

They have a treasure trove of work by women artists, including a tiny work by Gabriel Münter, a larger work by Elizabeth Vigee-LaBrun, a drawing by Suzanne Valadon and a Mary Cassatt print. I was swooning! So wonderful to see in person the works I’ve seen so many times in books.

There was also a Kurt Schwitters, a Kurt Schwitters! His work is usually reproduced in black and white, so it was so wonderful to see one in person, in color.

Now, on to the jewelry! There were nine exhibitions associated with the conference. I saw all of them that were on campus, but didn’t make it to the shows downtown.

I took pictures of the things I liked, that caught my eye for some reason. I admit to being jaded when it comes to jewelry. I’ve seen a lot. Lots of jewelry makes me go, “meh,” or “seen it before.” This post isn’t an attempt to be comprehensive or to review the show, just sharing what I liked and why.

Let’s start with the student work show. The student show included work by both graduate and undergraduate work and was labeled whether they were a beginning, intermediate or graduate student, which was helpful.

Mosaic Cream & Sugar, Copyright Alana Rhonemus

Mosaic Cream & Sugar, Copyright Alana Rhonemus

Alanna Rhonemus created this creamer and sugar bowl out of copper wire. I like that she too the non-functional bit to its absurd extreme.

Yeah Toast Ring, Copyright Abby Bowman

Yeah Toast Ring, Copyright Abby Bowman

I asked a conference organizer if the toast goes up and down and they said it does. Making a hollow construction ring is often an assignment in a college metalsmithing class; I like that Abby took it further and used that hollow space inside the ring for something. And it’s cute and funny, I like cute and funny. Especially when it’s crazy difficult to achieve, such as by fabricating it from sheet metal.

Now on to the attendee exhibit! The vast majority of attendees were also students, accompanied by their professors. There were maybe ten un-affiliated folks like me. Work in the attendee show may or may not be by a student, but then again, it might be by a famous professor.

Oxo Good Grips Scoop, Copyright Kateryna Gudziak 2012

Oxo Good Grips Scoop, Copyright Kateryna Gudziak 2012

Apparently, I like tiny, functional kitchen ware. Look how perfectly made this is! I don’t know, but it sure looks like it actually could scoop tiny scoops of ice cream. (Sorry for the funny angle on this photo, I was probably trying to avoid reflections from the glass case.)

Next up, scissors!

"This is What We Do," Copyright S. Eagan

“This is What We Do,” Copyright S. Eagan

I have that exact pair of scissors and do you know how hard it is to make an image like that in enamel? Wow. (I can’t quite read the first name in my photo of the name plate, I’ll email the conference folks and find out.)

True Blue Drop, Copyright Michael Dale Bernard, 2012

True Blue Drop, Copyright Michael Dale Bernard, 2012

This piece includes found objects and powder coating. The materials list says: vintage silverplate, brass, steel, wood, powder coat, lacquer.

He’s taken a found object and transformed it, which I also do in my work. However, he’s going in the opposite direction from me. I usually take something plastic and silver leaf it. He’s taken something precious (silver plate, okay, somewhat precious) and hidden that with the powder coating. We’re both commenting on preciousness and value.

And that’s almost everything that I took a picture of. More in another post. I exhibited my medal, Never Recovered in the attendee show.

If your work was featured in this post and you’d like to send me a better picture and/or provide a link to your site, please comment and/or email me! Thanks!

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