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Contemporary Sea Shells


I have always found myself drawn to water, especially the natural treasures pushed by the tides of oceans and lakes. I envisioned an abstract yet organic shape to hold my sea treasures and became heavily influenced by the works of Dale Chihuly. I began exploring the curves found in nature, relating the crimps in my vessels to replicate abstract shells to hold my beloved sea treasures, giving my pieces the essence of the sea. For each rock, I created its unique depression, alluding to the same way rocks and shells would fit snugly in the sand along a shoreline.

Approx. 5.5 x 2.5, 4.5 x 2, 4 x 1.5“
Copper, rocks

The 2023 Canadian Student Silversmithing Exhibition showcases student work from across the country that employs silversmithing techniques celebrating individual artistic vision, and illustrating diverse contemporary approaches. Representing emerging silversmiths in Canada, this exhibition highlights contributions made by the late Lois Etherington Betteridge, RCA, MFA, to the silversmithing community in Canada.