The Gem Sculpture features
 a carved Drusy Smithsonite (Argentina) with 
face "peering through the veil."
The face, placed in a natural hole,
 was carved in wax
 and then cast in Sterling Silver. 

The Smithsonite carving is fitted
 into a Sterling Silver V-shaped base,
 which is fitted into the 
free-form carved Charoite. 

Total Height: 12.7 cm (5")
Smithsonite(Argentina): 31.4 grams (157 cts) 
Charoite (Russia):
158 grams (794 cts)
9.5 x 7 x 1.5 cm (3" x 2" x 1")  
Sterling Silver:
12.4 grams
Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 cm (3 7/8" x 3")

Photos by M J Colella

The lost-wax silver was cast at
APM- Annapolis Precious Metals, in Annapolis, MD.



"What are these lines engraved in my sculptures?
'They are the construction lines, the base of the creation,
bounding the various focal points.
These lines are engraved pursuing a continuous movement
of shapes and contour,
creating light and shadow, and giving dimension to the sculpture.
Tracing their continuous movement gives the correct shape
and position of each form.
These same lines are the highlight of my most recent works."


"Serras-Herman is probably one of the most extensively trained artists
working in gem carving in North America-- and it shows in her work.
Coming to gem carving from the vantage point of large-scale sculpture,
Helen Serras-Herman creates miniature masterpieces
underscored by centuries of art history."

-- Cathleen McCarthy




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