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Pearl

Exhibition  /  04 May 2015  -  27 May 2015
Published: 08.05.2015
Jane Dodd. Brooch: Wrestling 3#, 2015. Mother of pearl shell, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, garnets. 11 x 6,5 x 0.8 cm. Jane Dodd
Brooch: Wrestling 3#, 2015
Mother of pearl shell, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, garnets
11 x 6,5 x 0.8 cm
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Intro
Twelve contemporary New Zealand jewellers were invited to use pearls as a material for starting point.

Artist list

Vanessa Arthur, Dearsley. Cath, Peter Deckers, Jane Dodd, Sharon Fitness, Karl Fritsch, Victoria McIntosh, Brendon Monson, Mieke Roy, Moniek Schrijer, Lisa Walker, Raewyn Walsh
In 2013 the Victoria and Albert in conjunction with the Qatar Museums Authority held an exhibition on Pearls. This exhibition looked at the long and fascinating history or pearls from the natural to the advent of manufactured pearls. The value associated with this natural phenomenon; the history of the numerous illustrious wearers; and the challenge to this standing with the creation of manufactured pearls.

The Victoria and Albert exhibition and associated publication provided a fascinating history into this iconic jewellery material but unfortunately did not open the conversation up to contemporary use and dialogue of the material. Pearls are also one of the few materials directly associated with the body and adornment whether it is in jewellery or on clothing.
Masterworks gallery invited twelve contemporary New Zealand jewellers to use pearls as a material or starting point for a Pearl exhibition.  

Contemporary jewellers Karl Fritsch and Peter Deckers have made their take on the single pearl earring, a high fashion trend, worn by men in the 17th century, most famously seen in the numerous portraits of King Charles 1st.
Brendon Monson. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Argillite, cultured pearls, brass. 5 x 0.8 x 10cm. Brendon Monson
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Argillite, cultured pearls, brass
5 x 0.8 x 10cm
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Cath Dearsley. Necklace: 31 inch single strand, 2015. Bunny poo, 18ct yellow gold, diamonds, silk thread. 1.5 x 0.8 x 40 cm. Cath Dearsley
Necklace: 31 inch single strand, 2015
Bunny poo, 18ct yellow gold, diamonds, silk thread
1.5 x 0.8 x 40 cm
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Jane Dodd. Necklace: Ants- an Auckland necklace, 2015. Dyed Freshwater pearls, sterling silver. 5 x 0.5 x 60 cm. Jane Dodd
Necklace: Ants- an Auckland necklace, 2015
Dyed Freshwater pearls, sterling silver
5 x 0.5 x 60 cm
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Karl Fritsch. Earrings: Ear studs, 2015. Sterling silver, cultured pearls, paint. ø 0.1 -0.2 cm. Karl Fritsch
Earrings: Ear studs, 2015
Sterling silver, cultured pearls, paint
ø 0.1 -0.2 cm
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Lisa Walker. Necklace: Pearl, 2015. Freshwater pearls, thread. 2.3 x 1.7 x 36 cm. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Pearl, 2015
Freshwater pearls, thread
2.3 x 1.7 x 36 cm
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Mieke Roy. Necklace: Floorboard necklace #3, 2015. Hand-turned salvaged Matai and Maple floorboard beads, wood stain, recycled blink cord. 34 cm. Mieke Roy
Necklace: Floorboard necklace #3, 2015
Hand-turned salvaged Matai and Maple floorboard beads, wood stain, recycled blink cord
34 cm
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Moniek Schrijer. Necklace: Ali/Pearl, 2015. Aluminium foil, pearls. 11 x 6 x 31 cm. Moniek Schrijer
Necklace: Ali/Pearl, 2015
Aluminium foil, pearls
11 x 6 x 31 cm
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Peter Deckers. Ring: LipPearl ring, Pinctada maxima, 2015. Silver-lipped blister pearl oyster shell, sterling silver, copper, paint. 4 x 3 x 4.3 cm. Peter Deckers
Ring: LipPearl ring, Pinctada maxima, 2015
Silver-lipped blister pearl oyster shell, sterling silver, copper, paint
4 x 3 x 4.3 cm
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Raewyn Walsh. Brooch: Pink Pearl, 2015. Copper, freshwater pearl, paint, sterling silver, steel. 6 x 3 x 6 cm. Raewyn Walsh
Brooch: Pink Pearl, 2015
Copper, freshwater pearl, paint, sterling silver, steel
6 x 3 x 6 cm
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Sharon Fitness. Ring: Pearly, Orangey and Black pearls, 2015. Silicone, pearlescent pigments, glow in the dark pigments, sterling silver. 4 x 4 x 6cm. Sharon Fitness
Ring: Pearly, Orangey and Black pearls, 2015
Silicone, pearlescent pigments, glow in the dark pigments, sterling silver
4 x 4 x 6cm
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Vanessa Arthur. Bracelet: Untitled, 2015. Copper, thermo paint, fine silver 'Pearl'. 2.7 x 7 cm. Vanessa Arthur
Bracelet: Untitled, 2015
Copper, thermo paint, fine silver 'Pearl'
2.7 x 7 cm
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Victoria McIntosh. Object: Showing her age, 2015. Vintage mirror, sandblasted. 14 x 1 x 34 cm. Victoria McIntosh
Object: Showing her age, 2015
Vintage mirror, sandblasted
14 x 1 x 34 cm
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