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Category Archives: Metal

robert farrell’s barns, silos and towers

I’m drawn to the simple lines and beautiful craftsmanship of Robert Farrell’s hollow-formed barns, silos and water towers.


Red Wharf, sterling, copper, nickel, enamel, 12″ x 7″h


White Silos, sterling, copper, enamel, 22″h


Orange Tower, sterling, nickel, enamel on copper, 22″h

Farrell forms the sculptures using sterling silver, copper and nickel, enhancing them with ground-glass enamel and 23k gold leaf.


Tall Green Barn, sterling, copper, enamel, 23k gold leaf, 12″h


Red Leaning Silo, sterling, copper, nickel, enamel, 13″h


White Barn II, sterling, nickel, enamel on copper, 14″h


 Blue Silo and White Barn, sterling, copper, nickel, enamel, 16″h

He describes this new body of work as being “about memories, childhood, places I’ve lived and seen, people I remember and, some of it is simply made to make me smile.”


Rumination On My Choice Of Career


 Visitation, sterling, nickel, copper, wood, paper, 23k gold leaf, 34″h


Visitation, detail

The wall pieces feel like reliquaries to me. . .ripe with meaning.


Robert Farrell’s website

barbara walter’s miniature toy rings

While Barbara Walter’s portfolio is brimming with a variety of rings that incorporate moving parts (architectural, toy, bearing bears, race rings), necklaces, vessels and other finely crafted metal wonders, I was drawn to the collection of rings that are powered by gears to create movement in each ring.

Two Finger Carousel Ring Toy 

Sometimes life feels like a Carousel Ride, an Amusement Park and a Three Ring Circus all rolled in to one and that’s certainly what it feels like in my little corner of the world right now so this collection of rings hit my funny bone at just the right time. Kudos to Walter for making this fan smile with her imaginative gear rings.


Amusement Park Ring Toy


Three Ring Circus With Ringmaster


Barbara Walter

Disappearing Act

I should be a magician. I am certainly getting the hang of disappearing from DAM, aren’t I? Two weeks ago I went to see my mom for a short visit but it quickly became a visit of a different kind. Soon after I arrived an unexpected trip to the hospital for her resulted in a several-day hospital stay. She is now home resting comfortably and I am with her, where I will remain indefinitely. I have access to my computer again and will continue my work from here.

I apologize for another interruption to the daily flow of DAM posts just when I thought I was on a roll again. However, I’m pretty sure you will agree that Mama comes first!

toril bonsaksen’s electroformed seed pod jewelry

I don’t have much to say except that I was over the moon when I discovered Toril Bonsaksen’s electroformed seed pod jewelry. So lovely. 

Click on the images below to see the details. Again, so lovely. . .











“In my work I preserve fragile objects and moments in time, converting nature’s own treasures into jewellery. Working in a technique called electroforming; an electro-chemical process in which an object is covered with a thin layer of metal through galvanization, I am able to transform organic material into copper, silver or gold.”

While I am partial to Bonsaksen’s jewelry, I admit I did a double take when I saw the chaise lounge she created entirely out of cutlery. Oh, my.


Click image to see it large (that’s when you can see that it’s cutlery!)

Toril Bonsaksen

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