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grzegorz blazko: flair, style and craftsmanship

While I was surfing around the internet looking for information about yesterday’s feature artist I found one more jeweler from Poland to end our week.  Again, I couldn’t unearth much information in English about Grzegorz Blazko or his work, but one thing is clear: When you are looking at a Blazko, you know you are looking at a Blazko.

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The dots and squares pattern present on most of his pieces is part of the signature style (something he calls “Black and White Chessboard with a Rusty Dot in the Middle of Every Square”), but the unusual settings and excellent craftsmanship are equally distinctive features. Looks like enamel with jewels encrusted in some of the pieces. I’m counting on my metalsmith friends to let us know.

This You Tube slideshow offers a closer look at a selection from Blazko’s collection.

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pawel kaczynski: metal pleats, crinkles and wrinkles

I don’t know much about Polish jewelry designer Pawel Kaczynski, but I can tell you that his use of steel, silver, bronze mesh and paint has resulted in numerous awards for the artist. Textile meets jewelry in an explosion of color and texture in this body of work.

The closures on Kaczynski’s cuffs and collars are a striking example of how an artist’s work can sing when the functional elements of a piece are incorporated into the design. I want to touch them and memorize the way they feel under my fingers.  Wrinkles have never been so sexy.

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Kaczynski’s website is difficult and I broke my own rule of not spending more than two minutes trying to get the mechanics of a website to work. Generally, if a website is built in a way that makes it hard for viewers to actually see (or find) the work I almost always move on to the next artist. I made an exception in this case because the work has a WOW factor that supercedes the difficulties of the website.  The web has other places you can go to see a few of his pieces here and there, but his website seems to have the most complete collection – it is frustrating that we can’t get a good look at all of it. [Edited on 6/19 to add: Based on a reader’s comment I visited Kaczynski’s website from another computer and it worked fine.  Both are Macs  and up to date with Flash – I don’t know why it worked fine on one and with a great deal of difficulty on the other, but it was delightful to be able to see all of this artist’s collection!]

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