Katja Toporski
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Katja Toporski commented on Brigitte Martin's group Crafthaus goes to ... ACC Baltimore 2016
"Looking forward to seeing you there! You could get the views of a SNAG invitational artist from me :-)"
Feb 12, 2016
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Brigitte Martin (crafthaus editor) will spend time at the 2016 ACC Show in Baltimore. She will report back from three distinct viewpoints.Sign up for this group to join the trip, ask questions, be a part of it!See More
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metaFORM Exhibition

MA JSRP 2014-15,School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UKProfessor Jivan Astfalck, 2015See More
Sep 13, 2015
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Aug 19, 2015
Katja Toporski commented on Heidemarie Herb's blog post Amber Chamber 2015/2016
"What a fabulous spectrum of fresh interpretations of a traditional jewel- I wish I could see it in person!"
Jun 17, 2015
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Katja Toporski commented on Bruce Metcalf's blog post Getting Serious about Getting Gray
"I agree with you for the most part, but do have a couple of points:  Quoting Ettore Sottsass who said: "Each Object should represent its time", seems to sum up the issue with the craft fairs: What is sold there does not represent…"
Dec 10, 2014
Katja Toporski commented on Brigitte Martin's group Co:Operation GARNISH
"Hello Rachel and Brigitte, I have a question regarding quantities: is each collaborative pair allowed to make one piece or can there be a grouping of pieces? Especially if they are not giant sized? "
Sep 13, 2014
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Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
Aug 13, 2014
Katja Toporski commented on Atelier Hg's group 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennale
"I briefly considered joining this event too, but did not have the time for it. Thank you so much for having participated in such an adventure AND for taking the time to share it with fellow crafthausers. Looking forward to your postings!"
Jan 24, 2014
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2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennale

A look back at the exhibition in Beijing and 2013 Beijing Design Week.Group Host: Ezra Satok-WolmanSee More
Jan 24, 2014
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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Takoma Park, MD, USA
Place of Work ? Example: Studio, College, Gallery, Museum, ...)
Towson University, Takoma Park Studio
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
Jeweler
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
http://www.katjatoporski.com
What media do you work with?
anything from frankincense to concrete

My work examines the role of jewelry in illustrating facets of the human condition. Centered on an exhaustive exploration of the language of materials, their properties, and the mysteries they convey, the works combine the original with the replica, the contemporary with the ancient, the ephemeral with the eternal. Archetypal forms such as eggs, beads, and shrines are combined with renderings of historical objects resulting in a group of necklaces that raise metaphysical questions about the appearance of forms and the reality they represent. Some of the works are presented as ephemeral neckpieces that undergo a change of material state when worn on the body. While insinuating the transience of being they appear in the age-old jewelry format of the beaded necklace and thus speak to a cyclical idea of life that encompasses the promise of renewal. 

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Nisa Blackmon

"Symbihome", 2017

Copper, vitreous enamel, luster.

6.5"l x 4.5"w x 1.25"h.

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