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Pierced Orchid

1996 Jeff Wise Born: Silver Creek, New York 1953 fabricated 18k gold, red coral and sugilite 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 3/4 in. (6.4 x 4.2 x 2.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane and Roger Batchelder 1996.90 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“I believe that the stones I carve, and the metals I heat, forge and shape have an inherent life force of their own.” Artist quoted by Aaron Faber Gallery, 2003

Luce Center Label

Pierced Orchid shows the artist’s interest in “an implied sense of motion and timelessness.” Jeff Wise prefers flowing, organic forms to architectural or industrial imagery and emphasizes “touch” as well as visual beauty in his work. Pierced Orchid combines sculpted gemstones cut by the artist with precious metal in a design that exhibits “an easy natural flow.”



Object - flower - orchid

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal


metal - gold

About Jeff Wise

Born: Silver Creek, New York 1953