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Bunny Liberation Ring, 2015, Sterling Silver This piece is one of my most personal works in the last couple of years. In this project I explored a childhood trauma that has haunted me for a long time. Though this process I was able to explore the past in hope to be released from it. This lost wax cast ring is a result of that exercise.
In 1961, an extraordinary treasure was found in a cave near the Dead Sea known as Nahal Mishmar. Hidden in a natural crevice and wrapped in a straw mat, the hoard contained 442 different objects: 429 of copper, six of hematite, one of stone, five of hippopotamus ivory, and one of elephant ivory. Many of the copper objects in the hoard were made using the lost-wax process, the earliest known use of this complex technique. For tools, nearly pure copper of the kind found at the mines at Timna in the Sinai Peninsula was used. However, the more elaborate objects were made...