Limited Edition STERLING SILVER & Carnelian Pendant by Kurt Morrison
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ITEM: A silver pendant set with a center oval carnelian cab that depicts a pair of hounds. The styling of the pendant is a Celtic design and is an original design (lost wax casting) by Kurt Morrison, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Nice large bale at the top with a large opening so that the pendant can be placed on a thick or thin chain, ribbon or leather cording.
CONDITION: Excellent with a mellow patina to the silver.
METAL CONTENT: Sterling Silver
HALLMARKS: STERLING K A M
SIZE: Width is 1-3/4"; height is 1-1/2".
WEIGHT: 12.1 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: I've personally known Kurt Morrison since 1977. I've seen, first hand, the incredible development of Kurt's work from his early beginning in lost wax casting to his present day "One of a Kind" pieces that are commissioned by corporations and celebrities alike (one of his very earliest pieces was given as a gift to Barry Manilow in 1978). Here's a little blurb I put together regarding Kurt and me.........
"Kurt and I both lived in Vancouver, B.C. in the late 1970s. I met him in Gastown and again while he was exhibiting at a Circle Craft Co-Operative craft fair and to say that I was awe inspired by the gent is to say the least. His work was incredible and made my poor attempts at silversmithing look like the amateurish projects I considered them to be.
Kurt's early days in Vancouver were spent learning his trade, trying every possible form of jewelry-making that was available, even so far as to take over my enamel kiln and my enamels as it was an experience he just HAD to try! Kurt lived on a shoestring budget during those days, living in the basement of a house that had the worst lighting and surviving on peanut butter sandwiches (how I came to hate the smell of peanut butter during those days)! Seriously, those sandwiches were the only thing Kurt could afford on his small budget, every penny he got he spent on silver and gold! While his presence at multiple craft fairs elicited a small income, it was never enough to buy all the jewelry-related items Kurt wanted. Kurt loved to experiment, the gentleman has never been completely satisfied with any of his work. He truly believes that with each and every item he creates he can "do better."
During the 80s, Kurt was forced to leave Vancouver due to rising housing prices. While I moved to Los Angeles, Kurt decided to move to one of the B.C. Islands settling on Hornby. Hornby has been his home for all this time and it is only now that he has, once again, been forced to move. He is now in the process of packing everything up and moving to Vancouver Island; this way, he'll be a little closer to the mainland.
Kurt has formed silver to many different applications - not only jewelry but also knife handles, small sculptures and more. I must say with every new design I saw, I could see the development in his handiwork. It just got better and better! The only thing Kurt lacks in becoming a world renowned artisan (besides a regular income), is exposure. And with this listing (and a few others) I hope to remedy this.
Since those very early years, I have collected Kurt's work. These are the pieces we are offering at this time. While I cannot show Kurt's newer works as they do not qualify under Ruby Lane guidelines for exposure on their site, I can certainly show the pieces I have in my collection that are from the "old days"."
If anyone desires further information or wishes to see other pieces manufactured by Kurt, please let me know and I can put you in direct contact with him.
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