Old Road Medals. Alchemy Brooch, 1 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ / Fox Pendant, 2 1/4″ x1 5/8″
Grace Gunning Studio: 75 Palatine Park Road – Suite 2, Germantown 12526 | (845) 633-4055 | Handicap accessible.
I moved to the Hudson Valley in 1984 as a single mother of twins and didn’t want to leave home to work. I started making glass boxes and selling them wholesale. Over the years I’ve made many different products but always came back to boxes. I now make Reliquary Boxes on old hand run machines from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The machines themselves are sculpture.
Because life became so different this year, I took time to step out of my comfort zone.
I decided to attempt silver work with a homemade hydraulic press. I make Old Road Medals as brooches or necklaces. As a kid I lost a beautiful old St. Christopher medal on a walk. I was devasted, my sister told me someone would find it one day and be so happy. At age 6 that gave me great comfort. I now imagine these silver medals have much more of a history than being literally “fresh off the press”.
I will have an array of Items at my studio ranging from frames, lighting, jewelry, wall pieces and of course boxes.
Honoring Frida Kahlo Reliquary box, 7″x 9″ x 2″
Old Road Medal Memento Mori Silver brooch or necklace, 2.25″ x 2.25″ | Pin Pack Reliquary Box, 5″x 6″ x 1.5″ | Wall Piece Bird Skull, MilkWeed, Pearl, Copper, 10″x 6″x 2″