It was not uncommon for found objects to make their way into the collages and sculptures of the Surrealists, so jewelers began to incorporate glass shards, film strips and even LEGOS into their work. What does it say about our preconceived notions of value and jewelry? Can jewelry from nonprecious materials be as valuable as jewelry made from precious materials? This one-day course will explore the inclusion of non-precious materials like wood, pebbles, and ceramics from the studio jewelry of the 1940s all the way to contemporary jewelry and artists who are creating
imaginative and wearable works of art using fabric, paper, and plastic.
The course is delivered by Bella Neyman, Co-Founder of New York City Jewelry Week, and is essential for jewelry enthusiasts and those interested in learning about the history of jewelry design. Participants will experience informative lectures followed by a visit off-site to explore the alluring world of jewelry with a leading expert.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• The history of jewelry design from the 1940s to contemporary jewelry and the evolution of materials within this period
• The artists designing jewelry pieces with non-precious materials and the process behind the practice
• The market for non-precious pieces and the perceived value of these wearable works of art