Jim Bové


Washington, PA, United States

Main pendent 2.5 x 2.5 x .25 inches. Neck wire approx 20 inches

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Photo credit: Artist

This necklace, titled Stratum, is inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and the wonderful patterns created by William Morris.

The Arts and Crafts movement was a response to industrialization, which was powered by coal. This pattern is a minimalist abstraction of the Lepidodendron tree, one of the ancient trees that would eventually provide modern day coal, a driver of the industrial revolution. I have turned the pattern on its side in order to represent the layers of stratum that coal may be buried under.

Sterling silver and powder coated copper.

Jim Bové is an educator and artist living south of Pittsburgh. His artwork has been exhibited in the Royal Ueno Museum in Tokyo, Japan, Schmuck in Munich, Germany, and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. His work resides in collections in the United States and abroad.

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