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Brooch

ca. 1948 Ronald Hayes Pearson Born: New York, New York 1924 Died: Deer Isle, Maine 1996 silver 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 9.0 x 1.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joan Watkins 1993.78.3 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“[A] successful piece of jewelry is one that complements the human form and personality. [It] can be extremely simple or rather complex as long as the human body does not become merely its pedestal.” Artist quoted in “Ronald Hayes Pearson: American Classic,” American Craft, June/July 1992

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Brooch was fabricated at the beginning of Ronald Pearson’s career and reflects the strong influence of Philip Morton, a professor at the School of American Crafts who challenged his students to think about materials and processes. Because the school offered no courses in jewelry making, Morton offered Pearson studio space for one month and taught him the basics. The piece reflects Morton’s belief that jewelry could function as another kind of sculpture, and belongs to that period after the Second World War when abstract expressionism dominated American art.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver