TACTILE CHRONICLES: The 2022 Silver Society of Canada NSCAD Student Competition of Fine Metal Sculpture

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    Hannah Proctor Title: Erika’s Puzzle-Pot  Materials: Silver, liver of sulfur, driftwood  Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming  Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 9 cm
    Hannah Proctor Title: Erika’s Puzzle-Pot  Materials: Silver, liver of sulfur, driftwood  Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming  Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 9 cm

    Hannah Proctor

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    Title: Erika’s Puzzle-Pot

    Materials: Silver, liver of sulfur, driftwood

    Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming

    Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 9 cm

    Date: October 2020

    Artwork Statement: Erika’s Puzzle-Pot is a collection of memories reiterated in silver to form a heartfelt, sculptural teapot. Dedicated to my mother, this piece features the puzzle pieces she made during her time in the NSCAD jewellery department, a cuttlefish casting of the key from my first house and driftwood found on one of the many hikes we went on together. Growing up my mother always acted as a primary source of inspiration, constantly pushing and supporting me as I continued on a creative path. As a piece, this teapot embodies our familial bond as well as the comradery and closeness we experienced through numerous creative discussions and many years of working side by side in our respective fields.

    Artist Statement: Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Hannah Proctor is a recent graduate of the NSCAD UniversityJewellery Design and Metalsmithing program. Having always been intrigued and influenced by the arts, she went into the advanced IB art program at Charles P Allen High School from 2015 to 2017, leading to her first self-curated exhibition. Immediately after high school, she continued to NSCAD, initially taking a split sculpture and intermediate degree which still influences her work to this day. Most recently, her work has been featured in the 2022 NSCAD Graduation Exhibition Anthology: a collection in bloom, NSCAD’s senior studio exhibition Assemblage in 2021, as well as the Ethical Metalsmith show So Fresh + So Clean. Coupled with her sculptural interests, Hannah is inspired and influenced by the natural world and the intricacies within it. This fascination works in tandem with cold materiality, inspired greatly by machinery of past and present. She creates sculptural work that walks the line between mechanical and natural.

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    Hannah W. Craig Title: Coleoptera  Materials: Sterling silver, labradorite  Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 27 cm
    Hannah W. Craig Title: Coleoptera  Materials: Sterling silver, labradorite  Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 27 cm
    Hannah W. Craig Title: Coleoptera  Materials: Sterling silver, labradorite  Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 27 cm

    Hannah W. Craig

    Regular price $10,000.00
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    Title: Coleoptera

    Materials: Sterling silver, labradorite

    Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 27 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: This teapot was created as a celebration of the physical process of traditional silversmithing techniques, an embodiment of William Morris’ philosophy of joy in labour. I was inspired mostly by a desire to explore my favourite hollowware techniques—hand raising, spiculums (hollow tube forms), and chasing and repoussé—in a precious material. By engaging in these laborious traditional processes which are not necessarily immediately evident in the finished piece, this work also poses questions about seen and unseen labour, and the value of hidden things.

    The body of this teapot was raised entirely by hand. Over the course of many months, I slowly hammered a flat sheet of silver into shape, working intuitively with the material without a concrete final form in mind. I allowed the silver to grow into the space between what it wanted to be and what I wanted it to be. The handles and spouts were also fabricated by hand from silver sheet, hammered into shape and then bent gently by hand into sumptuous curves—again a negotiation between my own desires and the physical limits of the material.

    Over the past year, I fell in love with chasing and repoussé, and in the spirit of finding joy in hidden things, decided to embellish the bottom of the teapot with a chasing and repoussé scarab beetle. The “back” side is visible on the bottom of the teapot, but the full beauty and detail of this intricate work can only be accessed by peering within the vessel itself. I was often asked: “Why put so much work into something that no one will see properly?” The answer is really the only statement I believe this piece needs: I did it because the work brought me immense joy. To see metal move in such a way under the power of your hands is true magic. Silversmithing is magic. This teapot is magic. Life can be magic if you look out for it. Take a moment to lie in the grass and look real up-close at bugs sometimes. It’s important.

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    Hannah W. Craig Title: Fleurs du mal  Materials: Copper  Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 15 cm
    Hannah W. Craig Title: Fleurs du mal  Materials: Copper  Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 15 cm
    Hannah W. Craig Title: Fleurs du mal  Materials: Copper  Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 15 cm

    Hannah W. Craig

    Regular price $3,000.00
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    Title: Fleurs du mal

    Materials: Copper

    Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 15 cm

    Date: February 2020

    Artwork Statement: This vase was inspired by research into the concept of the abject—the feeling when one is simultaneously repulsed by, and yet also attracted to something. There are many things, especially in nature, that occupy this strange space between the disgusting and the tantalizing. How interesting it is that a similar formal element can be beauteous (a delicate tendril of hair, the creeping vines of a flower) or repellant (a sea creature’s tentacles, the horrible tongue of a science fiction monster). I am interested in these strange spaces in our psyche where seemingly oppositional emotions enmesh. In creating this piece I played with this idea of similarity and difference, attraction and repulsion, taking advantage of the elastic possibilities of delicate copper tubing to create forms evocative of both. My visual inspirations came from Art Nouveau designs, in particular the signature ‘whiplash’ curves of Victor Horta, and also from the tentacled eldritch creatures of H.P. Lovecraft such as Cthulhu. The resulting form is both foreboding and beautiful, conjuring images of delicate flowers and terrible creatures of the deep. The vase is created from a collection of seven hand-formed and bent spiculums, attached to a hydraulic pressed base.

    Artist Statement: As a craftsperson, I am interested in the power of craft in supporting our spiritual wellbeing; craft can be fundamental in our daily routines, and craftsmanship makes life feel beautiful. Jewellery in particular is intimately engaged with our inner selves, as it occupies a unique intersection between ritual items and everyday objects. My work explores the spiritual power of jewellery, and how it can bring a sense of magic and ritual into our lives. Conceptually, my work takes shape around research into philosophy, psychoanalysis, art history, and theology. An affinity for history shapes my work physically as well, with a focus on traditional materials and techniques as a means of energetic connection to a long lineage of ancient jewellery production. In the tradition of the Symbolists, I believe that art should give you something that feels powerfully and intimately connected to the mysterious undercurrents of life. I explore this space with jewellery, leveraging its symbolic weight in our lives to engage a deeper emotional sensation. Precious metals and gemstones have captured the human imagination for thousands of years, and thus figure prominently in my pieces. My work argues that spiritual and material joy can be one and the same.

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    Haoming Nao Title: Lily Flower Moris  Materials: Copper, green patina  Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 12 cm  Date: February 2020Haoming Nao Title: Lily Flower Moris  Materials: Copper, green patina  Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 12 cm  Date: February 2020
    Haoming Nao Title: Lily Flower Moris  Materials: Copper, green patina  Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 12 cm  Date: February 2020
    Haoming Nao Title: Lily Flower Moris  Materials: Copper, green patina  Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 12 cm  Date: February 2020

    Haoming Nao

    Regular price $220.00
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    Title: Lily Flower Moris

    Materials: Copper, green patina

    Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 12 cm

    Date: February 2020

    Artwork Statement: These lovely lily flowers are relevant to my Art History experience with my craft mentor Sandra Alfoldy. The candle holder with anticlastic and synclastic forming techniques and the green patina effect is in the traditional Victorian Memento Mori style. This piece is my way to memorialize her while recognizing and appreciating her help in my academic experience.

    Artist Bio: Halifax-based young jeweller, Haoming (Jim) Nao graduated with B.F.A Jewellery Design & Metalsmithing at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD University) and a minor in Art History. During his study, he joined several exhibitions and art shows. His artworks come across in between combining with all kinds of materials, from traditional material and metalsmithing techniques to contemporary materials and theories throughout his jewellery studies at NSCAD University.

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    Artist: Lara Sturzenbaum Title: De la puna Object: salt and pepper shakers Materials: Copper, green patina, cork Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 7 cm (large) 7 x 6 x 6 cm (small)
    Artist: Lara Sturzenbaum Title: De la puna Object: salt and pepper shakers Materials: Copper, green patina, cork Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 7 cm (large) 7 x 6 x 6 cm (small)

    Lara Sturzenbaum

    Regular price $1,250.00
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    Title: De la puna

    Materials: Copper, green patina, cork

    Techniques: Fabrication, hydraulic forming, anticlastic forming

    Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 7 cm (large) 7 x 6 x 6 cm (small)

    Artwork Statement: Inspired by northern Argentinian vegetation and landscapes, these salt and pepper shakers represent the most arid region in the country, The Puna. Their corrugated texture stands for the distinctive mountains of the Atacama Desert as well as the choice of metal, copper, and finishing, green patina. Traditional metalsmithing techniques such as fabrication, hydraulic pressed and anticlastic forms were used in these pieces.

    Artist Statement: My curiosity and adoration for nature motivated myself to design pieces inspired by Argentina´s diverse ecosystem, especially the region where I was born, Patagonia. I aspire to create one of a kind sophisticated jewellery and hollowware pieces that invite the wearer to connect with nature. Argentina’s breathtaking landscapes and stunning skies have a noticeable influence on my practice and are distinguishable characteristics in my pieces. Most of my work is fabricated by using traditional techniques combined with bioplastics, enamel, metal and nature related elements such as flowers, branches, stones, among others.

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    Artist: Lara Sturzenbaum Title: Patagonia Object: teapot Materials: Copper, brass Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 16 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Lara Sturzenbaum Title: Patagonia Object: teapot Materials: Copper, brass Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 16 cm Date: April 2022

    Lara Sturzenbaum

    Regular price $3,900.00
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    Title: Patagonia

    Materials: Copper, brass

    Measures approx. 14 x 14.5 x 8 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: As the name states, this functional teapot is inspired by the region where the artist was born, southern Patagonia. Known for its glaciers and views of The Andes, all these textures are represented in the piece by using different fabrication techniques combined with deep draw forming and reticulation. The design includes cast brass rosehip components found in the countryside and heat colouring that mimics Patagonic sunrises and sunsets.

    Artist Statement: My curiosity and adoration for nature motivated myself to design pieces inspired by Argentina´s diverse ecosystem, especially the region where I was born, Patagonia. I aspire to create one of a kind sophisticated jewellery and hollowware pieces that invite the wearer to connect with nature. Argentina’s breathtaking landscapes and stunning skies have a noticeable influence on my practice and are distinguishable characteristics in my pieces. Most of my work is fabricated by using traditional techniques combined with bioplastics, enamel, metal and nature related elements such as flowers, branches, stones, among others.

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    Artist: Louis Stock-Rabbat Title: Royal Mug Object: cup Materials: Copper, sterling silver Dimensions: 7 x 12.5 x 8.8 cm Date: February 2022

    Louis Stock-Rabbat

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    Title: Royal Mug

    Object: Cup

    Materials: Copper, sterling silver

    Dimensions: 7 x 12.5 x 8.8 cm

    Date: February 2022

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    Mackenzie Pearl Reid Title: Tied to Home  Materials: Copper textured with quartzDimensions: 11.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm  Date: April 2022

    Mackenzie Pearl Reid

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    Title: Tied to Home

    Materials: Copper textured with quartz

    Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: Growing up in Nova Scotia I feel connected to our rocky shoreline. The once-jagged rocks are eroded away by crashing waves into smooth round forms. This piece is meant to represent this erosion process in relation to mental health. We are formed by our surroundings and tied to our past like a loose piece of rope, washed ashore, caught in the rocks. This piece is tied together, but with copper wire. The main body is formed by first using a hydraulic press, then continued raising by hand. Finally textured with a large piece of raw quartz, this was done to create a stone-like exterior. When the piece is together it creates the shape of a feminine form, representing myself and paying homage to my home. 

    Artist Statement: Silversmithing allows me to express the textures of my surroundings and their connection to our emotions. Through the combination of technical jewellery work and large scale sculptural holloware, I show how we are shaped by our past.

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    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Snow Capped Sake bottle Object: sake bottle Materials: Copper Dimensions: 13 x 14 8 cm Date: April 2021
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Snow Capped Sake bottle Object: sake bottle Materials: Copper Dimensions: 13 x 14 8 cm Date: April 2021
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Snow Capped Sake bottle Object: sake bottle Materials: Copper Dimensions: 13 x 14 8 cm Date: April 2021

    Mavis Chen

    Regular price $2,500.00
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    Title: Snow Capped Sake bottle

    Materials: Copper

    Dimensions: 13 x 14 8 cm

    Date: April 2021

    Artwork Statement: This sake bottle is inspired by a snow-capped mountain. The cap turns into a cup when the drink is served. The piece is hand raised and fabricated with copper, patinated body and color pencil finished cap.

    Artist Bio: Mavis Chen is a jewellery designer base in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mavis finds with her interdisciplinary design background, she is able to look at Jewellery and Hollowware design from a different perspective, as she is always inspired by graphics and illustrations. In her work, she tries to find a balance between functional, aesthetic, and storytelling. Jewellery and hollowware is a medium she uses to communicate with the world.

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    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Will There Be a Bird Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver, basswood Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Will There Be a Bird Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver, basswood Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Will There Be a Bird Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver, basswood Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Will There Be a Bird Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver, basswood Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Mavis Chen Title: Will There Be a Bird Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver, basswood Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm Date: April 2022

    Mavis Chen

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    Title: Will There Be a Bird

    Materials: Sterling silver, basswood

    Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 9 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: When this teapot was made, it is the third year that I was not able to go home, I wanted to commemorate home throughout this teapot. Moving between cities and countries happened quite a few times while I grow up. In my mind there are these spaces that I remember spending some time in, but none of them feels like home to me. One thing that keeps appearing in my memories is a bird cage, as my father loves having a pet bird. Slowly it became a symbol of home to me. My father loves petting bird as much as he loves drinking tea, for some reasons these two cultures share the same audience. So I brought these 2 elements into one teapot. I used sterling silver for the main body of this teapot, with some basswood touches, it brings back to the traditional bird cages which are usually made of wood.

    Artist Bio: Mavis Chen is a jewellery designer base in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mavis finds with her interdisciplinary design background, she is able to look at Jewellery and Hollowware design from a different perspective, as she is always inspired by graphics and illustrations. In her work, she tries to find a balance between functional, aesthetic, and storytelling. Jewellery and hollowware is a medium she uses to communicate with the world.

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    Artist: Meichan Yuan Title: Taste of Spring Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver Dimensions: 21.5 x 8.9 x 7.5 cm Date: April 2022
    Artist: Meichan Yuan Title: Taste of Spring Object: teapot Materials: Sterling silver Dimensions: 21.5 x 8.9 x 7.5 cm Date: April 2022

    Meichan Yuan

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    Title: Taste of Spring

    Object: teapot

    Materials: Sterling silver

    Dimensions: 21.5 x 8.9 x 7.5 cm

    Date: April 2022

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    Artist: Naomi Zamir Title: Textured Teapot Object: teapot Materials: Copper, patina Date: April 2022

    Naomi Zamir

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    Title: Textured Teapot

    Materials: Copper, patina

    Measures approx. 10 x 18 x 5 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: This piece is an homage to my Mom. My Mom was a ceramist and, in her practice, she used a variety of fibres, nets and textiles to create impressions on the clay. Her work was heavily textured. After she passed away, I took a picture of the tools she used in her studio.Among them was a pile of fabrics and textiles she used in her work. I used similar fabrics and nets to texture the metal using roll printing and hammering. After the teapot was fabricated, I used green patina to color it and then sanded off the high parts, leaving the patina in the recesses.

    Artist Statement: As an artist I am always interested in exploring and telling a narrative in a way that will evoke a feeling, a memory, or an impression. Even the relationship between the different elements of a piece can tell a story. My aim is to dig into my memories, feelings, impressions and be able to narrate them using different materials, connections, textures, and forms. In my practice I am trying to combine my love to textile practices and my fascination with jewellery and the metal arts.

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    Artist: Noore Saleh Title: Late Bloomer Object: ladle Materials: Brass, silver plate Dimensions: 10.5 x 18 x 12 cm Date: February 2022
    Artist: Noore Saleh Title: Late Bloomer Object: ladle Materials: Brass, silver plate Dimensions: 10.5 x 18 x 12 cm Date: February 2022

    Noore Saleh

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    Title: Late Bloomer

    Materials: Brass, silver plate

    Dimensions: 10.5 x 18 x 12 cm

    Date: February 2022

    Artwork Statement: The yellow tulip, symbol of happiness, was my main inspiration for this project. I used the techniques of sinking to create the 4 half-bowls and etching to recreate a pattern of my own inside one of the bowls. I wanted to talk about the hard work that it takes to reach happiness. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, my therapist said something that struck me. She said that upon hearing the news, I did not break down but that instead I broke open, like a flower. This statement has become a focus in my work, utilizing the imagery of an abstracted flower to represent myself and my story My own pattern is being used through the technique of etching to represent the illness slowly taking more space in my life, but that also inevitably pushed me to work on myself to be happy.

    Artist Bio: Noore Saleh (They/them), an Egyptian-Canadian artist, who graduated with honors from the École de Joaillerie de Montréal in 2019 in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. After serving as a teaching assistant in extended studies classes at the jewellery school while working on independent jewellery in their free hours, Noorehas since enrolled at NSCAD University to major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing to further their studies. They exhibited in galleries in Quebec with consistent themes revolving around fragility of mental and physical health with a focus on resilience facing those challenges.

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    Artist: Rayce Min Title: Cigarette Monster Object: ashtray Materials: Copper, silver Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 12 cm Date: March 2022

    Rayce Min

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    Title: Cigarette Monster

    Materials: Copper, silver

    Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 12 cm

    Date: March 2022

    Artwork Statement: The inspiration of the piece is my smoking addiction. I feel like it is a monster to myself. If I keep feeding it, it will grow, therefore putting out cigarettes in the ashtray is an act of feeding the monster. The main material is copper, and the eyes, claws, and teeth are silver. The monster was built with one giant spiculum with two small spiculums, and they are violently bent. I also applied electro-forming for the overall texture, to make it more monster-like.

    Artist Bio: Rayce Min has been interested in crafting and expanding his artistic skills since high school. His primary experience with jewellery was the steam punk style jewellery he made for the school fair. Even though they were pre-made pieces glued together, he impressed people with his unique aesthetic toward jewellery, which he decided to develop further when he got into college. Real jewellery making and metalsmithing led him to a whole different understanding of jewellery, and metal became his favorite media. He appreciates how tough yet flexible the metals are. There are tons of different things he can do with metal. He is developing his jewellery/metalsmithing skills to incorporate his love of graffiti, especially the concept of leaving marks everywhere. Now he can leave marks on people, instead of just plain walls. Overall, he has been working toward the approach for a few years now, and he is still improving himself at NSCAD University.

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    Artist: Rayce Min Title: Adulthood Object: teapot Materials: Copper, silver Technique: Deep draw forming, raising, forging, fabrication Dimensions: 29 x 8 x 15 cm
    Artist: Rayce Min Title: Adulthood Object: teapot Materials: Copper, silver Technique: Deep draw forming, raising, forging, fabrication Dimensions: 29 x 8 x 15 cm
    Artist: Rayce Min Title: Adulthood Object: teapot Materials: Copper, silver Technique: Deep draw forming, raising, forging, fabrication Dimensions: 29 x 8 x 15 cm

    Rayce Min

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    Title: Adulthood

    Materials: Copper, silver

    Technique: Deep draw forming, raising, forging, fabrication

    Dimensions: 29 x 8 x 15 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artwork Statement: The teapot was created to commemorate my transition from the mindset of a high school teenager to an adult mindset (more or less). I started to work, started to care about things and people, started to facsuperiors at work, had weird relationships with others, etc. All of them were stressing me out, and it felt like all of them fused into a giant blob that was sitting on me. And yet I was still trying to find a way out, which led to the overall form of the teapot. The main material is copper with a little bit of silver for the stitches. The body was made with deep draw forming, and forcefully crushed with the hydraulic press. The lid is a raised ball-shaped blob, with hand-cut cracks and solder patterning as decoration. The texture on the lid was made with a wood file. The spouts are bent tubes soldered together to create a branch look, and the handle was forged from a copper rod, creating anorganic look.

    Artist Bio: Rayce Min has been interested in crafting and expanding his artistic skills since high school. His primary experience with jewellery was the steam punk style jewellery he made for the school fair. Even though they were pre-made pieces glued together, he impressed people with his unique aesthetic toward jewellery, which he decided to develop further when he got into college. Real jewellery making and metalsmithing led him to a whole different understanding of jewellery, and metal became his favorite media. He appreciates how tough yet flexible the metals are. There are tons of different things he can do with metal. He is developing his jewellery/metalsmithing skills to incorporate his love of graffiti, especially the concept of leaving marks everywhere. Now he can leave marks on people, instead of just plain walls. Overall, he has been working toward the approach for a few years now, and he is still improving himself at NSCAD University.

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    Vanessa Shum Title: Sweet Tea Teapot  Materials: Sterling silver, brass, 24K gold plate, ribbon  Dimensions: 9.5 x 15 x 9.8 cm
    Vanessa Shum Title: Sweet Tea Teapot  Materials: Sterling silver, brass, 24K gold plate, ribbon  Dimensions: 9.5 x 15 x 9.8 cm

    Vanessa Shum

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    Title: Sweet Tea Teapot

    Materials: Sterling silver, brass, 24K gold plate, ribbon

    Dimensions: 9.5 x 15 x 9.8 cm

    Date: March 2022

    Artwork Statement: Made from sterling silver, brass and plated with gold this fairy tale inspired teapot draws on the playful whimsy of the classical horse drawn carriage.

    Artist Bio: Vanessa Shum was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. The medium that she mainly uses is sterling silver with various gemstones. She has attended the Jewellery Arts and Design program at the Vancouver Community College from 2018 to 2020. She is currently working towards a BFA with a major in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University. Her inspiration is drawn from nature and her ideas are shaped by the whimsy of the ever-changing world around her. She creates pieces that perform simple movements such as rolling or spinning.

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    Artist: Vanessa Shum Title: Snail Candle Holder Object: candle holder Materials: Copper, brass, wax Dimensions: 10.9 x 14.8 x 3.8 cm

    Vanessa Shum

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    Title: Snail Candle Holder

    Materials: Copper, brass, wax

    Dimensions: 10.9 x 14.8 x 3.8 cm

    Date: February 2022

    Artwork Statement: This copper and brass candle holder was inspired by the gentle spiral in the cross section of snail shells.

    Artist Bio: Vanessa Shum was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. The medium that she mainly uses is sterling silver with various gemstones. She has attended the Jewellery Arts and Design program at the Vancouver Community College from 2018 to 2020. She is currently working towards a BFA with a major in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University. Her inspiration is drawn from nature and her ideas are shaped by the whimsy of the ever-changing world around her. She creates pieces that perform simple movements such as rolling or spinning.

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    Yuanxin Shi Title: Dog’s Home  Object: teapot  Materials: Copper, brass, sterling silver, leather  Technique: Fabricated, cast  Dimensions: 16.5 x 15 x 7 cm

    Yuanxin Shi

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    Title: Dog’s Home

    Object: teapot

    Materials: Copper, brass, sterling silver, leather

    Technique: Fabricated, cast

    Dimensions: 16.5 x 15 x 7 cm

    Date: April 2019

    Artwork Statement: The teapot was inspired by my puppy. It has a very cute personality and will laugh and wag its tail in its nest when it is happy.

    Artist Statement: I am interested in making table objects because I feel that they can convey my passion to everyone. They let more people think and feel the power of my work.

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    Yuanxin Shi Title: Time  Object: Hourglass vase  Materials: Copper, silver, cast bronze  Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 14 cm
    Yuanxin Shi Title: Time  Object: Hourglass vase  Materials: Copper, silver, cast bronze  Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 14 cm
    Yuanxin Shi Title: Time  Object: Hourglass vase  Materials: Copper, silver, cast bronze  Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 14 cm

    Yuanxin Shi

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    Title: Time

    Object: Hourglass vase

    Materials: Copper, silver, cast bronze

    Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 14 cm

    Date: April 2022

    Artist Statement: I am interested in making table objects because I feel that they can convey my passion to everyone. They let more people think and feel the power of my work.

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    JUNE 4 — 24, 2022

    The Silver Society of Canada seeks to encourage the next generation of metalsmiths through an annual award given to institutions with silversmithing programs. Kye-Yeon Son, Professor of Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University, teamed up with Lisa Pai at L. A. Pai Gallery to exhibit the approximately 20 pieces of hollowware, each expressing a unique narrative reflective of its maker.

    Son, a Governor General/Saidye Bronfman Laureate who is renowned internationally for her vessels, comments:

    “I’m always amazed at the result of students’ work with basic silversmithing technique[s]. I want students to have experience of what contemporary silversmithing is and develop their confidence in the fabrication of larger pieces.” 

    The students are recent graduates, with classes covering techniques such as forging, large-scale fabrication, hand raising and sinking, deep draw hydraulic press forming, anticlastic and synclastic forming, chasing, and repoussé; techniques exemplified in the exhibition works.

    Emma Piirtoniemi reviewed the exhibition work in her article for MetalAid Canadian Art Jewellery Network:  ‘While the projects presented include making specific functional objects like candle holders, teapots, and other vessels, it’s clear that students imbued these objects with rich storytelling— often biographical—reaching far beyond functionality. They brave the complexities of life, loss, change, and challenges through these works that in one form or another, all come our way. To celebrate student achievement and make space for them to share their artistic voices is indeed a powerful way to encourage the next generation of metalsmiths. As Son hints, “This is my small effort in this small corner of Canada to keep a little flame of hollowware [alive] for students so when they leave, they keep this flame of interest. I just want them to have confidence [that] they can do it, and be proud of what they’ve done.”