In Memory of Us - 2008



This bronze urn in a shape of a dome is a final resting place for two people and their dog. and their love for each other. The container is build as a sculptural group with three proportionate volumes for ashes and one central form unifying the three. It is built as a sculptural group represents a man, a woman, a dog and their animal guardian spirit. The shapes are derived from the results of my research on the Native American's use of animal imagery as guiding spirits and protectors. They are rendered as a 'human - animal metamorphose ' and are joined together with a fourth piece. The top element is in a shape of a sun, covered with gold, designed to lock the containers and symbolize the binding emotion by which these people wish to be remembered.







Size: 10”/8”/8”
Materials: Bronze , copper, sterling silver,24kt gold.
Techniques: lost wax casting, open work, construction
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Grave Goods - A Juried Exhibition, Woodstock Museum, Ontario, September 2008

Animals of Power - “Dionysius”- 2005



Size: 7.5”/10”/5”
Materials: Copper, bronze and silver
Techniques: lost wax casting, open work, construction.

Animals of Power are group vessels that relate to the idea of animals as a source of magical power. Each of the seven animals is shaped as a cauldron decorated on the rim with pictograms derived from the most typical symbols they are related with.


The first and most popular animal in ancient times is the Bull.
Associated with the god Dionysius and used in rituals related with death, growth and rebirth. I have built the body of the bull in a form of a container with a rim decorated with pictograms. The vessel is formed using the ancient method of lost wax casting where copper bonze is melted in a furnace and poured into a special clay mold.



The idea comes from my research on the use of animals in ancient rituals. I have selected seven animals equally important in the use of sacred rituals in ancient times.I have organized the similarities between the use of astral signs, planets, symbols and related magical powers from different cultures in charts. Using the method of creative rearrangement I have generated pictograms to represent the summary of the magical animal power on the rim of each vessel. The result is a cauldron - decorative and functional - bringing animal magic back to our lives.

The work was selected to be part of the "Out of the Fiery Furnace" -a juried exhibition in Woodstock Museum, Ontario, September, 2005


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