I started with 18
gauge sheet silver, 12 inches by 17 inches. I used sandbag
and steel stakes and hammers to make this piece. My hands
were part of the moving. I often bend the metal with my
hands or by stepping on it, if it is too hard to move by
hand. I love the curves of sea shells and waves. Sometimes
I draw with pencil and paper before I start, to see curves,
other times I will have in my minds eye what I want to
hammer . I often spend time daydreaming the shape in all of
its angles and curves. I can turn and move the image in my
mind. I do not use a computer for this process. Other times,
I take walks by the ocean, feel the movement of the waves or
see the movement of the sand under my feet. Noticing how the
rocks are smoothed by waves creating bowls of their own.
Spiral Bowl Spiral Bowl: 12"
diameter by 6" depth
Sterling Silver with gold wash inside.
Commissioned for a 25th
Raised cups with
hollow formed handles. Lapis stones set in handles
and gold plated interior of goblet.
7 inches high by
3.5 inches wide diameter
Bracelet made with 18 karat Gold and Platinum. The
Platinum spheres are set with Diamonds.
I imagine that the planets are dancing.
We study their movements but see only part of the
majestic dance of the universe.
Forged 24k gold with hammered texture.
I used the hammer as a paint brush, each stroke
creating movement, as I imagine
Van Gogh did with his paint brush.
2 1/2 inches highest point
Koichi Hara for his gallery,
12 inches long by
2.5 inches wide
VIDEO by Ruth Rhoten
SAMURAI CONSERVATION: BEFORE AND AFTER
image on the left shows the incrustations from being in the
sea for close to half a century. This came from a
shipwreck, whose Captain collected Asian Art. There
were some interesting, small, 12-inch metal figures.
This one had Bronze Disease and was crusted over,
hiding the beautiful textures on the flowing robe.
Thanks to the Objects Director of the deYoung,
Elisabeth Cornu, for her direction and knowledge.
The Samurai emerged.
30 inches by 49
About her paintings, Ruth Rhoten says:
views of this extraordinary world
I paint with passion"
Working as a
metalsmith has taught me to see beyond the
restraints of the solid material world.
Metal changes it's shape through hammering, then
softening with fire. The molecules shift as I hammer
and heat the metal in the creative process. Constant
change happens in forming the metal, even though it
appears to be solid.
It moves and shifts and changes as the molecules
shift and change– First soft, then hard. Within this
cycle of soft and hard the metal moves and a flat
sheet becomes a hollow form.
Is this magic or physics and
My degree is in design with emphasis on metalsmithing. I
have studied Goldsmithing and Silversmithing in Denmark and
I am also an expert in restoring 17th and 18th Century
English silver and Early American Silver.
I create original one-of-a-kind and limited editions of
Jewelry and Holloware. I accept commissions from private and
work can be found in private and corporate
collections throughout the world in North America,
Australia, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Denmark.
Photographs of my work have been featured by "Elle
Decor" and an article plus photographs about my work
in "Silver Magazine." TV interview and documentary
made of my work in 2000. Book;"The Craft of
Silversmithing" displays examples of my work in the
original Smithing work can be seen in San Francisco;
Gallery Japonesque and Gallery 925 and in New York
City; Lauren Stanley Antique Gallery
these collectors' names public with their consent.