Looking at some of my recently sold work

It's been a busy couple of weeks for sales here in Wilmington, with the annual Art For The Masses show in late November and the Bottega Holiday Art Market this past weekend. Between the two I sold a great many pieces in enameled copper, ceramics of all sorts and printmaking and other works on paper. …

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A look back at my show at The Foxes Boxes in Wilmington, NC

For those in southeastern North Carolina who were unable to attend and all my followers and friends out of state, this is a digital version of my solo show in Wilmington. The images are arranged in the same order a visitor would have seen them and the captions are the same text used in the …

A few recently completed works…

Here's a quick roundup of some recently completed works, mostly metalwork and jewelry, not shown in my recent blog posts. The images don't really need any descriptions. Watch for some new ceramics and printmaking pieces in the coming weeks and thanks for following.

Saving antique silver from the smelter while making new wearable art.

Christof Maupin, antique silver, re-purposed silver, silver pendant, handmade jewelry

I recently began work on a project to re-purpose a small collection of antique Persian silver objects dating to the period of about 1890-1900. These were mostly small tabletop items and tableware that had been badly damaged in a previous move. Despite being Persian (from what is today Iran), the silver, which is only about …

A few More Images of Jewelry Inspired by Medieval Book Hardware and Other Ancient Objects

My most recent post, one week ago, offered images and descriptions of jewelry I've been creating based on the forms of Medieval and post-Medieval book hardware, including hinged clasps and hasps, bosses and plates, as well as the original hardware that inspired these pieces. I've now completed the series and am posting images, descriptions and …

Modern Jewelry Inspired by Medieval and Post Medieval Book Hardware

Medieval Books, Book Bindings, Decorative Book Arts, Incunable, Strasbourg

I've always had a great interest in antique manuscripts and early printed books and, in particular, the elaborate covers and metal hardware associated with them. Several months ago I began work on a short series of jewelry pieces that were based on the forms and functions of metal hardware often used in large manuscripts and …

Some Thoughts on the Persistence of Classical Imagery

I am not at all embarrassed to state that I still hold in the highest esteem the many works of Sir Kenneth Clark, the great British art historian. While most art critics, art historians, artists and social commentators would today describe his books and television programs, such as THE NUDE, THE ROMANTIC REBELLION and CIVILIZATION, …

A few thoughts on the art of printmaking, views of antiquity and modern prints

printmaking, non-traditional printmaking, Christof Maupin, Past Present Arts and Crafts, Wilmington NC

As a child I was exposed to antique prints, illustrated books and manuscripts, rare documents and fine printing by my father. He was a librarian with a background in special collections - not much money to be made in that field but antique prints, books, maps and the like were very cheap in those days …