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Pod brooch

  • Object:

    Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adam, Jane, born 1945 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dyed, anodised and crazed aluminium, with green gold leaf, dyed cultured freshwater pearl and stainless steel wire

  • Credit Line:

    Given in honour of Elizabeth Goring

  • Museum number:

    M.14-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 41, shelf A, box 4

Jane Adam's jewellery shows the extraordinary versatility of aluminium. Her extensive research into the properties of this metal and her fine appreciation of colour and line combine in the subtle colours and shimmering textures achieved in this brooch.

To create this effect the aluminium is first anodised by immersing it in a solution of sulphuric acid and water then passing an electric current through it. This forms a thin surface film of aluminium oxide which is very tough yet has microscopic pores which enable colouring dyes to be absorbed. After dying the surface is sealed. Shapes for jewellery are cut from the dyed and sealed sheet, and these are then compressed in a rolling mill, adding texture or crazing to the surface. As anodised aluminium cannot be soldered the assembling of a piece often requires the addition of minimal wires and findings to the design.

Physical description

Pod-shaped brooch made from aluminium that has been anodised, etched, dyed in an abstract pattern in red, green, ochre and purple, and crazed. The edges of the pod do not meet, allowing the gold leaf on the inside surface to be seen and also a single pearl, free-moving, like a pea within.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Adam, Jane, born 1945 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Dyed, anodised and crazed aluminium, with green gold leaf, dyed cultured freshwater pearl and stainless steel wire

Dimensions

Height: 8.05 cm, Width: 2.38 cm, Depth: 1.59 cm

Descriptive line

Pod brooch made from dyed, anodised and crazed aluminium, with green gold leaf, dyed cultured freshwater pearl and stainless steel wire. Designed and made by Jane Adam, London, 1999.

Materials

Aluminium; Gold; Stainless steel; Freshwater pearl

Techniques

Anodizing; Etching; Dyeing

Categories

Jewellery; Accessories; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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