This piece was selected to be the "Featured Coke Item" for an exhibition at the Coca-Cola Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta. The exhibition was on display for the month of January, 2012. On February 4th the exhibition was moved to the Woodruff Arts Center where the pieces were auctioned to raise funds for the John C. Campbell Folk School, a non-profit organization.
On February 8th the piece continued it's journey, traveling to New York City to grace the neck of Coke executive Trudy Strawn at the annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. Kicking off NYC's Fashion Week, this is the signature event for The Heart Truth, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the risks of heart disease in women. Ms. Strawn is the Director, Wellness Outreach, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, for The Coca-Cola Company. She, along with Coke CEO Muhtar Kent, represented the company at this event where Diet Coke is the primary sponsor. The Red Dress Collection 2012 Fashion Show featured more than 18 celebrities walking the runway in fashions created by some of America's top designers.
I have been doing small pieces in new metal clay Mokume Gane for several months now. This is my first major piece. The challenge for me was to try and combine Mokume with Enamel. So far as I've been able to find out so far, no one else is combining these two media either in metal clay or traditional methods. It was quite tricky to get it come out right, but worth the effort!
For the record, the enamel was fired in place. It was not created as a seperate piece.
This ring came about as an experiment with hollow ring forms. I used templates I got from Metal Clay Supply to create the ring body. Then I inserted 20 fine silver wires for the explosion of pearls. I thought the best word to describe the result was "Exuberant", hence the title.