Robert W. Ebendorf; The Work in Depth

by Caroline Gore (Author), Lena Vigna (Author), Bruce W. Pepich (Author)

Robert W. Ebendorf (1938- ) has been a critical figure in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing for over five decades - as skilled at creating a vibrant and powerful community of makers and supporters as he is at making innovative and provocative work. With two essays and an interview with the artist as well as over 35 images, this book explores Ebendorf's work and philosophy in depth, as seen through the collection of the Racine Art Museum (RAM).

Ebendorf, who is represented at RAM by over 40 pieces, has also donated works by other artists - reflecting a generous nature that has helped the museum build its contemporary art jewelry collection. This spirit of sharing and networking characterizes Ebendorf's approach to life, the field of contemporary craft, and his own work. Both the museum and the field-at-large are better, stronger places thanks to Ebendorf's willingness to invest his time, energy and heart.

Get the book at your favorite book store, by calling the RAM Museum Store at 262.638.8200 and via  Amazon.

For those in the Asheville, NC area, the wonderful Mora Gallery under Marthe LeVan's leadership hosts Robert Ebendorf for an artist reception, pop-up exhibition, and book signing on October 11 from 2-5PM. The event is free, open to the public, and all are welcome!

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This is wonderful !!! Robert Ebendorf is just the best!

Yay! Fantastic. I'm actually a bit surprised that this book didn't exist before now and I will be buying it for sure. 

Thanks for posting this.

Bob has had an incredible impact on me as a person and as a jeweller. I consider him to be the "father" of my jewellery practice in that he made me see what road I wanted to follow. I was lucky to meet him in the right place, the wonderful West Dean - conducive of so much development for so many artists -, and at the right time, when my practice was young and I was eager to find who I was. I might be sentimental (I call it being mindful) but I have hung in my studio, above my bench, a wooden board painted during a party game at West Dean during my first workshop with Bob. It is there to remind me where I came from and where I am going.

I'm so glad this book is available to buy now as at first it was only available at the Racine Museum shop. Gone on the wish list to be had asap! Lorena, so many who love Bob so much! He had so much great stuff to say about you when I still didn't know you, and about your book so long before it came out!

Just gone on and tried to put the book in my cart but it won't ship to the UK :-(

When will it be in the uk?
That's a great question, Rebecca. I have ordered a book to see who the publisher is, distribution would be something for them to respond to. As soon as I have the book, I will let you all know.

You could request it via Amazon UK but that could take ages. Maybe there's a bookseller specializing in art books close by ? Or somebody returning from the US taking a stack with them?

I thought it was published by the Racine museum that hosted it. They were definitely the only ones selling it before it landed on Amazon US. I don't think any of my US friends living here in the UK are die for a trip home at the moment either. Perhaps Brigitte we could investigate what it would cost you to post more than one and transfer the money to you before hand so you're not out of pocket. I am hoping Bob will travel himself to the UK this summer to teach at West Dean, but he has a policy of travelling with hand baggage so as not to lose anything! Although he does post a big box of materials etc to arrive before him. I am long overdue an email to him. I will send one by the end of the week. Who knows, he might well have a stash he is willing to put in a parcel at our expense. The quest continues... :-)

I will find out what it takes to ship 1 book for starters. Will let you all know ASAP.

I received the book yesterday and went to the post office this morning. First Class Mail will take 1-2 weeks and is the cheapest way to go. This package is not trackable, so you will just have to wait until it shows up. Here we go:

Book Cost: $35.00

Shipping to me: $3.99

First Class Mail to the UK: $22.30

Total $61.29

If anyone is interested in this book, I ask that you pay me $65 flat (the difference will take care of any paypal or cc charges I incur on my end and leaves me with the actual amount I am paying to buy and ship), provide me with your address and I will get this on the way for you asap.

Contact me directly via email I'd be happy to help!


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