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Ben Cooke-Akaiwa - Sapphire Fold Dangles

Sapphire Fold Dangles -Ben Cooke-Akaiwa

Steel, sterling silver, sapphires
2.25 x 1"
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Ben Cooke-Akaiwa is a jeweler and metalsmith working out of Bloomington, IN. He graduated from Indiana University in May of 2019 with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. He has supplemented his education through workshops at Arrowmont Craft School, the Baltimore Jewelry Center, and an apprenticeship in Japan. Ben was invited to the inaugural Spring Pentaculum residency in 2019 and recently completed a 3-month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. He has exhibited his work internationally, in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada.
Currently, my work utilizes steel as a vehicle for surface adornment. Silver, gold, and gemstones dot the surface of the rounded steel forms in grid based patterns. I balance masculine and feminine qualities in the conception of my work to make it completely androgynous.