Urban Rain

Brass, copper, sterling and fine silver, glass, steel wire, found-object (plastic flowers), and patina

3 x 2 x 1 inches

Photographed by artist

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This brooch represents an urban rain pool. If you flick the copper/silver spirals, they will move and shake. The CZs in the centers of the little spirals are tiny drops of rain. But the small landscape holds a secret (and has some add-ons). Where there is moisture, mosquitos will come and hover. They are protecting their eggs, which cling to the leaves. The brooch comes with three glass and metal mosquitos, and their legs can be anchored in the small tubes in the brooch spirals in various configurations. It also comes with a bit of greenery (the found object; a discarded plastic earring), representing the fact that nature will bloom given the slightest opportunity.


Jennifer Place combines hand-blown, cast, fused, and flameworked glass, mixed-media materials, especially metals, and drawing in both sculpture, jewelry, and dimensional works on paper. She studied art at New York University, with additional classes and workshops at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, Corning in New York, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and in private studios. She studied silversmithing in several private studios. Her work has been shown in galleries, shops, and shows in the tri-state area and Canada, including City Without Walls in Newark, and the Hoboken Historical Museum.