Gardiner Museum

A Bit of Clay on the Skin

“A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry” explores the appeal of ceramics, especially porcelain, in jewelry. Organized by the Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud and curated by the renowned German-born goldsmith and jewelry artist Monika Brugger, the exhibition showcases the versatility and allure of the medium, which can be modeled or cast, used alone or with metal, wood, and stone, and vary in color and texture.

 The exhibition presents 140  works and features the work of 18 cutting-edge jewelry artists, including creations by such notables as Peter Hoogeboom, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten (The Netherlands), Gésine Hackenberg (Germany), Marie Pendariès (Spain), and Shu-Lin Wu (Taiwan). While some make reference to traditional jewelry in materials and symbolism, others altogether redefine it in substance, form, and matter.

May 14 – August 11
Lecture by guest curator Monika Brugger May 16 at 6:30

Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park, Toronto



Image Credit

Marie Pendaries,
La Dot
28 porcelain pieces,
photo: Marie Pendaries


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