James Thurman | Morality Belt Buckle: Greed, 2021

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James Thurman | Morality Belt Buckle: Greed, 2021
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This item WAS NOT SOLD. Auction date was 2021 Jul 17 @ 19:30UTC-4 : AST/EDT
James Thurman | Denton, Texas
Morality Belt Buckle: Greed, 2021
Thurmanite®, aluminum, brass, sterling silver, enamel, painted miniature (Reaper 03518 sculpted by Kevin Williams), cubic zirconia, corundum, jng. tspinel doublets, microhardware (belt not included)
3.75 x 3.75 x 1 inches | 9.525 x 9.525 x 2.54 cm

I strive to unite concept, aesthetics, and wearability into a holistic creation. This belt buckle, inspired by the Deadly Sin of Greed, is made of disparate elements united into a singular object. A lathe-turned disk of Thurmanite(R) (a layered composite made of recycled paper that I developed) surrounded by a spun aluminum housing that has been hammered and fractured. A hand-painted miniature of the Dead Man's Chest (sculpted by Kevin Williams) adorns the Thurmanite along with 4 set jewels.

About James Thurman
James Thurman is an associate professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, where he is the Program Coordinator of Metalsmithing and Jewelry. He received his M.F.A. in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Minn., and his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. A two-time Fulbright Specialist Scholar, he worked in Istanbul, Turkey, with Kadir Has University in 2012 and the Glass Furnace Foundation in 2016.

A prolific and highly active studio artist for more than 20 years, his work has been included in hundreds of national and international curated and juried exhibitions as well as numerous solo exhibitions. In addition to the exhibition of his work, James regularly lectures and gives workshops about his work and the unique technical aspects of his studio production, including a laminated composite material he developed,
Thurmanite. Previous venues have included The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine; Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, N.C.; Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Yuma Art Symposium, Yuma, Ariz.

Instagram: jamesathurman

Categories: Sculpture, Woodturning, Contemporary Craft, Wood Art, Metalworking, Belt Buckle