MAD Museum Exhibits Porcelain Jewelry Interpretations

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New York—This isn’t your grandmother’s porcelain dishware.

“A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry,” on view at the Museum of Arts and Design today through September 4, explores the appeal of ceramics, especially porcelain, in jewelry.

“Even though the Egyptians produced seal rings in faience, and the Greeks and Romans gilded terracotta to imitate gold, the use of ceramics in the fabrication of jewelry was abandoned centuries ago,” says curator Monika Brugger. “Today many artists, like those assembled in this show, are popularizing porcelain as a compelling material for jewelry.”

The ‘Dish’ on Jewelry

Organized by the Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud and curated by the renowned German-born goldsmith and jewelry artist Monika Brugger, the exhibition shows how porcelain can be modeled or cast, used alone or with metal, wood, and stone, and vary in color and texture. Best known as the stuff of the luxurious and the mundane, of fine tableware and technical equipment, when used in jewelry, porcelain sparks the visual and physical sensations to become an object of desire.

More than 100 works by 18 jewelry artists will reference traditional jewelry in materials and symbolism, or redefine it in substance, form, and matter. Artists hail from countries such as The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Taiwan.

“Ceramic jewelry embodies the creative transformation of a humble Earth material by art and industry into a wearable object of great refinement and sensuality,” notes MAD’s Jewelry Curator Ursula Ilse-Neuman. “Exploring new currents in art jewelry is a vital part of the Museum’s mission,” she continues. “We are delighted to present these visually and intellectually engaging works to a New York audience.”

The show runs through September 4 at the Museum of Art and Design, located at Columbus Circle in New York. www.madmuseum.org.