Transforming the Prototype 2

Exhibition  /  31 May 2024  -  26 Jul 2024
Published: 29.05.2024
The Sun’s Herald by Eunice Hong 
. Oxidized Argentium Silver.
The Sun’s Herald by Eunice Hong 
Oxidized Argentium Silver

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Building on the success of the 2022 exhibition, Transforming the Prototype, the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Montgomery College, and Towson University invited students, alumni, emerging and established artists to apply for a second iteration of the project. The resulting exhibition, Transforming the Prototype 2 will be on view in the BJC’s gallery  with an opening reception on Friday, May 31st from 5 to 8pm. 

Artist list

Cloie Ali, Jess Bischoff, Lydia Boyer, Col Cavanaugh, Gia Chelston, Andrea Corson, Jim Cotter, Carolyn Cox, Jennifer Cudek, Emily Culver, Julianna Englander, Laurel Fulton, Motoko Furuhashi, Fabiana Fusco, Camille Garcia, Cory Glasgow, Lauren Goldstein, Malika Green, Janna Gregonis, Mana Hewitt, Eunice Hong, Jessica Hunter-Hinsvark, Lisa Johnson, Maddie Kingston, Joshua Kosker, Terrence Lavin, Maria Lucero, Margo MacKenzie, Theo Mayberry, Dolores Milmoe, Trevor Mock, Bethandy Oliveri, Seville Partida, Rick Peterson, Rae Richards, Anne Marie Smith, Sarah Tector, Kat Tomlin, Porsha Troost, Evelyn Vanaman, Robin Walderhaug, Sarah Walters, Claire Webb, Audrey Zhou
Baltimore Jewelry Center is excited for the community to encounter the work in Transforming the Prototype 2, which provides a unique view into the ancient lost wax casting technique and expertly illustrates how no two artists approach materials in the same way.

When creating a piece using the lost wax casting method, one of a kind, hand-carved waxes, or mold-produced wax multiples are encased in investment plaster, the wax is burnt out, and molten metal is poured into the remaining plaster mold creating a cast.

Electing to participate in this project, applicants received a collection of traditional vintage wax patterns (rings, pendants, odds & ends) which they transformed through additive or subtractive processes. The objective was to radically reimagine the prototype wax pattern into bespoke object(s) or jewelry. Transforming the Prototype 2 was juried by Mary Hallam Pearse, Associate Professor of Art in Metals & Jewelry at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. As the exhibition juror Mary selected four artists to receive best in show awards; these will be announced at the opening and via social media.

'The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the few art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibitions program creates an access point for the larger public to learn about contemporary and traditional jewelry arts, while also acting as a platform to promote and sell the work of local and national artists in the broader metalsmithing field,' said Shane Prada, Director.