Meta-smith: Trends in 3D Printed Jewelry

Exhibition  /  18 Jan 2018  -  18 Feb 2018
Published: 16.01.2018
The Gallery at Reinstein Ross
Bella Neyman, Douglas Bucci
Bella Neyman
Emily Cobb & Joshua DeMonte. Piece: Flock Tower, 2016. PLA, gypsum, epoxy resin, 33% glass-filled polyamide, leather, steel.. 36”x30”x19”. Emily Cobb & Joshua DeMonte
Piece: Flock Tower, 2016
PLA, gypsum, epoxy resin, 33% glass-filled polyamide, leather, steel.
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A show highlighting the current trends in 3D printed jewelry. Not since the MAD Museum highly-acclaimed exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital (October 16, 2013 - June 1, 2014), has such an important exhibition and featuring so many prominent artists who are working in the realm of CAD-CAM, has been mounted.

Artist list

Emily Cobb, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Svenja John, Phil Renato, Caitlin Skelcey, Rebecca Strzelec
The jewelry presented in Meta-smith aims to show that digital processes have become another, and equally important, tool on the jeweler’s bench. Each piece is a product of many hours of thoughtful design and production, which often involves careful hand manipulation as it does the click of the mouse. Works on view will be made from a combination of technologies such as additive Rapid Prototyping processes and the subtractive processes of Computer-Aided Machining including 3D color printing, Fused Deposition Modelling, laser cutting and engraving, and the use of a 3D doodle pen.
The title of the exhibition, Meta-smith comes from the article Influence of the Digital: Toward a New Medium written by Bucci and Hollern and published in Metalsmith magazine (25, no. 5: pp. 34-41) in 2005. In this article, the writers state that As the silversmith was redefined as the metalsmith, so too the metalsmith may be redefined as the ‘metasmith.

About Co-curator Doug Bucci:
Bucci is a designer and educator in the field of jewelry. His work utilizes digital processes to explore and display biological systems and the effect of disease on the body. Bucci views his digital process as one that allows for a creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made methods. His work is in the collections of the Windsor Castle, Berkshire, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany; and Design Museo, Helsinki, Finland. In addition to CAD work, the artist has spent much of his time teaching Jewelry, and Industrial Design. Bucci earned his MFA (1998) from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and currently teaches in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area at Tyler.

About the featured artists:

Emily Cobb is a jewelry designer and maker utilizing digital technology and traditional fabrication techniques to make her work. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has exhibited at museums such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Racine Art Museum, and the Bellevue Arts Museum. Her work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and in publications such as Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution. Emily is a founding member of JV Collective, a collaborative jewelry group, based in South Philadelphia. In 2017, she accepted a full-time assistant professor position in Jewelry and Small Metals at Humboldt State University in California.
Joshua DeMonte is an assistant professor at Towson University and artist operating in the Baltimore area. He received his MFA and BFA degrees in Metals, Jewelry and Computer Aided Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University where he studied under metalsmiths Stanley Lechtzin and Vickie Sedman. Joshua specializes in computer-aided-design and digital fabrication, and emphasizes the potentials for cross disciplinary work and pioneering new form language through the potentials of digital process. His jewelry work consists mostly of plastic forms generated in the digital environment and produced using various 3D printing tech. Conceptually, Joshua falls back to his metalsmithing roots and continues to explore the relationship between the human figure and adorning structures.  
Arthur Hash received his MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Indiana University in 2005 and his BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Currently, Arthur is an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2014 Arthur had his fifth solo exhibition titled Arthur Hash, Wearable Objects, at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington. In 2013, Arthur co-founded and managed the Makerbot innovation lab for Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2007, Arthur was awarded his second Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond Virginia and named a Searchlight Artist by the American Craft Council. Other recent exhibitions include: Beyond Bling at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, Body Language:Contemporary Art Jewelry at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Virtual Object, at the Form Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Arthur’s work is included in the permanent collections at Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Arthur’s work comes from a commitment to participate in the contemporary exploration of what jewelry is and can be, while retaining the sense of elegance and beauty found in the long tradition of body adornment. His recent work incorporates digital fabrication technologies such as waterjet cutting, 3D scanning, CNC routing, rapid prototyping and laser engraving to make one-off art wearable work.
Matthew Hollern is Professor of Jewelry + Metals at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he has taught jewelry + metals, CAD + 3D printing, and business since 1989. He is a co-founder of Cadlaboration, an inter-institutional collaboration established to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the field of jewelry and metals by fostering education and substantive collaboration among artists working with digital technologies. He earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Art and French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his junior year he lived in Aix-en-Provence, France where he attended the Universite ́ Aix-Marseille, and studied blacksmithing at the École des Beaux-Arts - Aix-en-Provence. In 1989 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metals from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has received research and professional development grants from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Lilly Foundation, The John and Maxeen Flower Fund, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture - Creative Workforce Fellowship, and two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and is included in public and private collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Design Museum Helsinki - Finland, the Vatican Archive, the Ohio Crafts Museum, the Cleveland Art Association, Alcatel-Sprint, and others.
Nicole Jacquard is currently Area Head and an Associate Professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and was the President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths form 2015 - 2017. Her education includes a bachelor of arts from IU in 1991, and her first MFA from the University of Michigan. Nicole received her second MFA in 1995 while on a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia at RMIT University in Melbourne, and in 2004 Nicole returned to RMIT and completed her Ph.D. in Fine Arts. Nicole was awarded a second 2017 – 2018 Fulbright Fellowship to Scotland. Nicole has had over 7 solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 invitational/juried exhibitions in the USA, Europe, Asia + Australia. Her work is in the collection of the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet Hungary, and the Riga Porcelain Museum in Riga, Latvia. Nicole has presented over 30 lectures on her work + and has had papers accepted to present at conferences in the UK, Australia, China, + the USA. Her work is published in over 30 books, catalogues + websites, and her two solo catalogues, Personal Objects: Personal Spaces Catalogue printed in 07, and her self titled catalogue, Nicole Jacquard, from 05, are both available through Charon Kransen Arts.
Svenja John was born in Duisburg, west Germany in 1963. From 1983-85, she studied archaeology at the Ruhr University, Bochum and from 1985-89, she attended the goldsmith´s school in Hanau. She received her Master´s Diploma as a state-certified designer at the "Staatliche Zeichenakademie Hanau" from 1991-93. In 1994 she opened her own atelier in Berlin. John uses macrofol™, a polycarbonate processed to create foil. Since the very beginning, her jewellery has been pieced together using ingenious techniques she invents from modules that she joins and suspends one within the other, forms nestling within forms, stacked one on top of the other. She creates semi-opaque clusters and structures that remind one of scientific models and crystalline and organic structures.
Phil Renato is a professor of Metals/Jewelry and Industrial Design at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and directs its Dow Center for Art, Design, and Technology. His primary research areas are the interfaces between emotional design, digital fabrication, and mainstream culture. He collaborates, consults, exhibits, travels, writes, lectures, and gives workshops on aspects of this work and finished his first book on source material and design process called CraftingError in 2017.
Caitlin Skelcey is an object maker working and teaching in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her MFA in Metals at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2017 and BFAs in both Metals and Jewelry Design and Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Her practice originates from her own augmented physicality, using the body as the site for her work. Through digital and traditional practices, her jewelry prosthetics aim to blur the boundaries of human biology and machine, and question the nature of the human relationship to the artificial.
Rebecca Strzelec is Professor of Visual Arts and Program Coordinator of Visual Art Studies at Penn State University, Altoona College, earned her BFA 2000 and MFA 2002 from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Her work consists of wearable objects which are created via computer aided design, three-dimensional modeling, and 3D printing. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, Racine Art Museum and the private collection of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Strzelec’s work has been featured in many exhibitions in prominent contemporary craft galleries in the US and abroad. Strzelec is a Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow and the 2016-2017 Penn State Laureate. Strzelec served as Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference, an annual event that brought over 21,000 people connected to computer graphics and interactive techniques to Los Angeles. Strzelec lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (home of the Slinky) with her husband, and two small children.

Emily Cobb. Brooch: Become Undone: The Mud Snail, 2018. Nylon, gold-plated bronze, acrylic.. 2.5'' x 3'' x 2''. Emily Cobb
Brooch: Become Undone: The Mud Snail, 2018
Nylon, gold-plated bronze, acrylic.
2.5'' x 3'' x 2''
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Arthur Hash. Brooch: Boundaries and cells series #2, 2017. Spinel, stainless steel and sterling silver.. 3.5” x 2.5” x .25”. Arthur Hash
Brooch: Boundaries and cells series #2, 2017
Spinel, stainless steel and sterling silver.
3.5” x 2.5” x .25”
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Matthew Hollern. Bracelet: Trillion, Ruby Series: ruby spheres orbit around geometric primitives, 2012-2018. Lab-grown corundum rubies, SLS nylon.. 12 x 12 x 3 cm. Matthew Hollern
Bracelet: Trillion, Ruby Series: ruby spheres orbit around geometric primitives, 2012-2018
Lab-grown corundum rubies, SLS nylon.
12 x 12 x 3 cm
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Nicole Jacquard. Brooch: Wallpaper V, 2017. Silver, 3D printed gypsum powder, embroidery thread.. 2 x 2 x 1.5”. Nicole Jacquard
Brooch: Wallpaper V, 2017
Silver, 3D printed gypsum powder, embroidery thread.
2 x 2 x 1.5”
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Svenja John. Bracelet: ROKKASHO, 2017. Polycarbonat Makrolon®, Nylon 3D Printed, Finest pigment acrylic paint.
. Technology: Water Jet Cutting, Laser Sinter Technology, Tradional handcraft.. 11 x 11 x 7 cm. Svenja John
Bracelet: ROKKASHO, 2017
Polycarbonat Makrolon®, Nylon 3D Printed, Finest pigment acrylic paint.
Technology: Water Jet Cutting, Laser Sinter Technology, Tradional handcraft.
11 x 11 x 7 cm
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Phil Renato. Bracelet: Pleural, 2011. ABS plastic, paint.. 9 x 9 x 4 cm. Phil Renato
Bracelet: Pleural, 2011
ABS plastic, paint.
9 x 9 x 4 cm
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Caitlin Skelcey. Necklace: Acromial Fixation, 2017. ABS plastic, stainless steel.. 4”x 10” x 11”. Photo by: Matt Gubancsik. Caitlin Skelcey
Necklace: Acromial Fixation, 2017
ABS plastic, stainless steel.
4”x 10” x 11”
Photo by: Matt Gubancsik
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Rebecca Strzelec. Brooch: Cross Section 7, from Army Green Orchids, 2006. 3D Printed ABS Plastic, Corsage pin.. 4.3” x 4.1” x .88”. Rebecca Strzelec
Brooch: Cross Section 7, from Army Green Orchids, 2006
3D Printed ABS Plastic, Corsage pin.
4.3” x 4.1” x .88”
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