3rd Place Winner - Exhibiting Artist

Keeping It Hidden

Copper, brass, sterling silver, CZ, and walnut

4 x 2.5 x 0.875 inches

Photographed by artist

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Using chasing and repoussé this intricate piece represents something hidden and guarded. The face on the front of the brooch is inspired by Asian Guardian door knockers and sculpture. The Guardian holds a key and has one vigilant eye and one found object, inward looking eye. Hidden from view behind the Guardian is a simple integrated door which also serves as a decorative element. Behind the door and inside the Guardian is a second element: a pendent that is not obvious because everything that makes this pendent wearable is concealed within the pendent itself. There is also juxtaposition in the materials and style used for the two separate elements. The exterior is a bold face using non-precious materials while the pendant is made from silver with a simple form using texture and negative space to make a cage. The discovery of looking beneath the bold exterior layers to find the hidden element and all the interconnected parts makes the piece whole.



Corin Ryley Herzog is an emerging artist originating from Northern California. Most of his work is an exploration of the surface using texture and color. While Corin often expresses his artistry in chasing and repousse, his entire body of work uses many traditional metalsmithing techniques. He teaches at schools and workshops whenever the opportunity arises. Currently Artist in Residence in Metals at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Corin studied as an undergrad at San Diego State University and received his MFA from Texas Tech University.

“My work is an investigation of craft: technique, functionality, materials and shapes. Occasionally my creations have a story to tell. When I invest an object with narrative, I prefer to give the viewer the opportunity to discover their own story as they examine my work. One person may find a story where another may simply see patterns, shapes and colors. This speaks to the importance of the human condition and uniqueness in individuals, and gives the opportunity for non-narrative work to create a story with the viewer unbeknownst to the maker.“