Harold O'Connor, Brooch, 1998, silver, stone, gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery, 1998.111.3
While living in Colorado, Harold O’Connor produced a series of landscape-inspired pieces that employed the ancient techniques of reticulation and granulation. He has combined these two methods into a new technique in this brooch. O’Connor explains that he incorporates stones into his pieces “primarily as an accent” to enhance the metalwork, and often employs river rocks for their beauty rather than their monetary value.
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“Any piece of mine is going to have some interesting surfaces. I like to make them what I call ‘user-friendly.’ They never need polishing.” The artist, quoted in Lapidary Journal, November 1996
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1 1/8 x 5 x 3/4 in. (2.9 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm.)
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