Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Purdue University GalleriesCollege of Liberal Arts

>May 12 through August 1, 2008
Robert L. Ringel Gallery, PMU

Beaded Prayers Beaded Prayers

Fifty seven artists working in Precious Metal Clay were chosen for publication in the first edition of the PMC Guild Annual. The PMC Guild is sponsoring this exhibition of those artists in conjunction with its biennial conference, to be held at Purdue July 17-20, 2008. In the early 1990’s, Dr. M. Morikawa of Mitsubsihi Materials Corporation in Japan developed this material as a way to join jewelry making and ceramics. Made of tiny particles of silver and gold suspended in an organic and water binder, PMC can be worked like clay. After work is formed, it is fired in a kiln, the binder burns away, the metal particles fuse together, and the result is an object of pure silver, 22K or 24K gold. This non-toxic material is used to make items such as jewelry, small sculptures, and home décor pieces. PMC is proving to be an incredibly versatile material used all over the world, and the artists featured in the book and exhibition illustrate that global appeal.

Curated by: 
Jeanette Landenwitch 
Executive Director, PMC Guild

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