Chain

  • John Paul Miller, Chain, 1993, 18k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1995.89

Luce Center Label

This chain was woven using the ancient "loop-in-loop" method, in which hundreds of pieces of wire are wrapped, heated, and then knit into alternating opposing loops. The seam of the chain is produced using a unique process of granulation, a technique that John Paul Miller perfected through years of experimentation. See accession number 1992.107.1 for the pendant that accompanies this piece.

Luce Object Quote
"My purpose as an artist craftsman is simply to enjoy the experience of working to bring a degree of presence, life and vitality to a form." Artist quoted in Metalsmith, Fall 1984
Title
Chain
Artist
Date
1993
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
length 16 x 1/4 in. (40.7 x .6 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
18k gold
Classifications
Object Number
1995.89
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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