I just learned about the Wearable Ceramics Jewelry show running through July 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. It's an international collection of top-notch pieces organized by Linda Ross Contemporary Art + Projects and Tara Robinson, Curator of Ceramics at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit.
The show features a fascinating variety of styles among the works of 16 different artists from six countries. Here are just a few of my favorites.
The idea of ceramic jewelry must be hot right now because the work of one of the artists, Peter Hoogeboom, who lives and works in Amsterdam, is also on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC as part of the New Ceramic Jewelry Show. Peter's striking Spanish Collar (above) is made of ceramics and silver.
Ford/Forlano, based in Philadelphia and well-known for their polymer clay jewelry, made this lively colored and patterned brooch (above) of polymer clay and silver.
Shu-lin Wu of Taiwan made this playful necklace out of carved porcelain, steel wire, and silver. Wu uses the Japanese metalsmithing technique, mokume gane, to form ceramic beads that look like they could be ripening olives.
Don't the layered patterns of these beads remind you of stones found on the beach? David Elliott, an Australian who's relatively new to ceramic jewelry, made this necklace out of vitreous porcelain and metal oxide pigments.
These pieces are all so different. It's amazing that the artists have been able to transform ceramic materials into such appealing jewelry.
You can see more at Linda Ross Contemporary Art + Projects.