This January I was invited by Mobilia Gallery to create a piece for their exhibition "Journey Through Time: Exploration of Artful Adornment And Sculptural Vessels Through the Ages" which coincided with the Society For North American Goldsmiths Conference last week. Each participating artist was asked to create a piece that spoke to the history of metalworking. Here is documentation of my process starting with research and development, continuing into design and material study and ending finally with the meticulous fabrication of the piece itself.
Popular in 18th & 19th century Europe, proceeding the time of handbags, women brought their possessions with them in the form of a "Chatelaine." Carried by women of all statuses, chatelaines were ornate pieces of jewelry that usually hung from the waist and held useful household appendages. One type of appendage was called a "pomander" or scent bottle, which was filled with musk, cinnamon or cloves and was thought to ward off disease.
This piece is inspired by pomanders that were particularly popular in France in the 1820s and is made of sterling silver, 18k gold, and resin.