Robert Ebendorf


My conceptual approach to jewelry-making, which questions the nature of adornment itself, explores alternative concepts and materials. The creativity of my jewelry lies not simply in the intellectual repositioning of familiar objects, but in more physical transformations of material, that, in the end, astonish the viewer. It is exactly this sense of astonishment that gives the pieces their value. It is the profound incongruity between what they are made from and what they are now that so engages the imagination.

The objects are not simply about refashioning the mundane. They reaffirm the value of that which otherwise might be without value. By reassessing the meaning of artifacts of daily life, they often reverse the idea of what is precious. If it is the purpose of artistic expression to locate and reaffirm values in our world, then this work is all the more relevant as a mode of contemporary expression.

I collect found objects and use them for both raw material and inspiration. This is not laziness, but an admission that objects that come with their own patina of history can be wonderfully evocative. Found objects can be either abstractions or symbols, or both.

Born  1938, Kansas, USA

Education 
1963-64
 State School for Applied Arts and Crafts, Oslo, Norway
1962  Master of Fine Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
1960  Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Awards
1994  American Crafts Council Awards, Fellow
1984  ColorCore Surface and Ornament Design Competition II,
Achievement For Product Development  
1975  State University of New York Research Grant
1970  National Endowment for the Arts
1966-67  Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant
1963-64  Fulbright Grant

International Exhibitions
2002
 Burrough Wellcome Gallery - East Carolina University, School of Art, Greenville, North Carolina. "Contemporary Print In Enamel Exhibition" (March)
2001  Textile Museum - Tilburg Nederland (November 23 - December 25)
Blain Gallery - Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "International Enamels Society Presenters"
2001  Galerie Cebra - Dusseldorf, Germany (September 15 -October 31)
2001  Center for Fine Print Research - U.W.E.Bristol,England, "Contemporary Print in Enamel Exhibition" (August)
2001  Studio Fusion - London, England. "International Quartet"(June August)
2001  Zierat/Kestner Museum - Hannover, Germany (May 30 - September 2)

Selection of U.S.A Exhibitions
Jun-Jul  "25 years of Fine Craftsmanship", Brookfield Craft 
Center, Brookfield, Ct.
Apr-May  "Color on Metal", OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD
May-Jul  "Color on Metal", Stone Harbor Gallery, NJ
Jan-Feb  "101 Rings", Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Mar  "101 Rings", SOFA, New York, NY
Jun-Aug "Once Upon a Time: Artists Examine Fairytales, Myths
and Legends", Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
May "Beeswax, Brackish Water and Junipers", Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Sep-Oct "Once and Again", OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Oct-Nov "Faculty Exhibition", Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina,
University, Greenville, NC.
"Zierat", The Hand Workshop Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Feb-Mar "Other Voices" Dransfield Jewelers Gallery, VA
Nov-Dec "The Artful Ear 2001", Artworks Gallery, Bozeman, MT
Jan-Apr  "Recreation/Recreation: Fun with Found Objects", The
Art Museum of Southern New Jersey, Oceanville, New Jersey"Guest Artist"
Sep-Oct League of New Hampshire, Hanover, New Hampshire

Publications
Color on Metal By: Tim McCreight
Dictionnaire - International Bijou By: Regard - Paris, France
Schmuck der Moderne - Modern Jewellery 1960-1998. Arnoldsche Art Publishers.
Dr. F. Falk. Germany
Skilled Work-American Craft in the Renwick Gallery. National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington & London
Work, Life, Tools. The Things We Use To Do The Things We Do. The Monacelli Press
Jewelry and Adornment. Victoria and Albert Museum. London, England
New Times, New Thinking: Jewelry in Europe and America by Ralph Turner. London, England
Jewelry of Our Time By Helen Drutt and Peter Dormer. Rizzoli
The Metalsmiths - The Emergence of Man by Percy Knauth. Time - Life Books
Design Visions by Robert Bell. Art Gallery of Western Australia
The Fine Art of The Tin Can by Bobby Hansson. Lark Books
Jewelry by Diana Scarisbrick. Thanes and Hudson
Penland School of Crafts - Jewelry Making. Rutledge Book. Bobbs-Merrill
The Encyclopedia of Jewelry Making Techniques by J. McGrath. Running Press
Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer. Van Nostrand Reinhold
Twentieth Century Jewelry by B. Cartlidge. Abrams
Ornamental Internationale Schmuckkunst. Pforzheim, Germany
Formica and Design by Susan G. Lewin. Rizzoli
Contemporary American Craft Art by B. Mayer-Gibbs. M. Smith, Inc.
The Eloquent Object. The Philbrook Museum of Art. University of Washington Press
Mondo Materials by Beylerianj Osborne. Abrams
The History of Beads by L. Dubin. Abrams

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