Speaking of Jewelry #1

Bruce Metcalf


Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States

It's 5.5 x 3 x .7 inches

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Photo credit: Bruce Metcalf

This new work is jewelry about jewelry itself. I have come to the conclusion that jewelry sits at the intersection of (at least) three attributes: body, touch, and ornament. Each attribute is rich and complex. I symbolize each property with a specific image: classical sculpture for the body; the hand for touch; Rococo decorations for ornament. Each brooch is a combination of two or more of these images. As such, they point to an essence of jewelry.

Bruce Metcalf received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1972 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1977. His jewelry has been shown in more than 400 exhibitions worldwide. It is held in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metcalf is also co-author with Janet Koplos of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft.

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