A Basquiat Sells for ‘Mind-Blowing’ $110.5 Million at Auction making it the sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction. This painting by African American Jean-Michel Basquiat is forged from oil stick and spray paint and places him in the same league as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso. http://buff.ly/2qLYjvj
The Princeton Museum store described Nancy's work as, "holding a deep connection to ancient techniques in jewelry production."
Her new Intaglio collection is an Editor's Pick for new graduates because of the symbols of wisdom and healing portrayed in her Owl and Apollo rings respectively. Intaglio is a manufacturing style as old as Mesopotamia where vitreous glass pastes are molded into cameos or intaglios. Nancy's design aesthetic gracefully melds ancient jewelry techniques with new and fresh designs.
To see Nancy perform ancient jewelry techniques please view her video at Artisans at the Princeton Museum Store.
New Apollo Intaglio Ring by Nancy Troske
Most-loved gifts for Mom from Artist Lori Gottlieb! https://www.artfuljeweler.com/collections/lori-gottlieb
If you are ever in Detroit you must visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Celebrating its 50th anniversary it is a wealth of history and art in Black America! http://thewright.org/index.php/explore/exhibitions/current-exhibitions?id=727
Check out Nancy Troske on YouTube discussing how to make jewelry from Ancient Coins. https://youtu.be/VwIvtsN_zeE
Artful Jeweler's own Goldsmith Nancy Troske is a Princeton artisan who uses ancient techniques in jewelry-making and “re-interprets them for the modern world.” Her painstaking process brings her joy as she endeavors to create stunning pieces destined to become family heirlooms for today’s audience.
Troske adopts many of the labor-intensive methods used in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt when creating her exquisite line of jewelry. Evidence of Greek goldsmithing dates to the first millennium. Troske points out that the methods she uses today, such as granulation, filigree work, and cloisonné enameling, are highly specialized arts. They have disappeared, and then reappeared many times over the centuries. Today, these prized techniques are experiencing a strong resurgence amid a renewed appreciation for handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Christine MacKellar expands her jewelry line with the addition of jewelry in oxidized silver, 18k gold and a myriad of gemstones. Let's get this party started with new jewelry that has a flair for the dramatic. Click here to view all of Christine's jewelry!
On June 26-30, 2017 – Boris will teach Jewelry/Metals for Teen Week at Touchstone Center for Crafts near Pittsburgh, PA. This session is designed towards those in grades 9-12.
Here is a link to the Teen Outreach Program: http://www.touchstonecrafts.org/Teen-Outreach-Program.
In this metals course, you will use selfies to create wearable art (brooches, pendants, rings). Through lively demonstrations, we will explore the basics of simple metal fabrication (sawing, filing, riveting, soldering, forging, polishing, finishing, and simple stone setting). You are welcome to experiment and will be expected to finish at least one wearable “selfie”.
Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, Rhode Island where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactored, LLC. Recently, Boris was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archive of American Art: Oral History Project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant.
Pictured are Art Jewelry Pins by Boris Bally.
I first picked up my grandmother’s crochet hook while taking a metalsmithing class in college. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was a child, and I always had good feelings about the individual stitches that make up a larger whole. Given this beginning, making jewelry from stitches is what I was meant to do. And that’s how Uncommon Threads began in 1991.
My inspirations include authenticity -at least the process of searching for it- and beauty. I relish beauty of all kinds, from the visual to the spiritual. These things, along with my belief that each of us lives to celebrate the human spirit, allow me to embrace life and live my higher purpose: to make things that enrich us all.
1991 - BFA, Cum Laude, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, double concentration in Metal and Fiber
2010 - AJP-Accredited Jewelry Professional, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
1992 - Summer Study Abroad, Paris Fashion Institute, Paris, France
1987-1989 - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1986-1987 - Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY