ORNAMENT Volume 37 No. 2

Namu Cho. A Higher Vision
Smithsonian Craft Show 2014
Paolo Marcolongo. Finding Harmony in Glass and Metal
Sylvia Gottwald. Rococo Minimalism
Fashion Arts. A Queen Within
Collectibles. Barbara Berger
Master Class. Making Earwires
Bead Arts. Floral Journey
Native Arts. Heard Museum
Retrospective. Jewels by JAR


A deep fascination with forms in nature lies at the root of Namu Cho’s artistry, and it continues to sustain his practice and propel it forward in new directions. Sometimes the inspiration is directly apparent, as in his many stunningly beautiful damascene pendants, brooches and bracelets depicting elegant, sprightly flowers and leaves, or imaginary landscapes with anthropomorphic trees stretching their limbs toward a sky laden with shimmering stars of gold and diamond.


The Smithsonian Craft Show is a very special four day annual pop-up for the leisurely exploration of what the careful investments of human creative energy bring to our lives, and to reflect on the paramount importance of time in enabling creativity.


Mastering a single art medium is challenge enough for most artists, but mastering two is rare. It was a lovely surprise then, to step into the Aaron Faber Gallery booth at SOFA Chicago and encounter a beautifully resolved and innovative body of jewelry by Italian artist Paolo Marcolongo that brought together two disparate materials, glass and metal, in a technically and conceptually balanced and harmonious manner.


Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Sylvia Gottwald studied in Rome and Canada before arriving in the United States to earn a master’s degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Later in her professional career, bolstered by studies in urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she concentrated on historic preservation and the rebuilding of urban infrastructures—reviving their original beauty—while addressing contemporary functionality. Perhaps this is why she can move so freely between man-made materials and the wondrous structures of the sea.