Let's kick off December and my birthday (yay, today is the day) with a fantastic giveaway. I can't tell you how much I love these bangles and this artist.
Albert Zuger discovered his passion for jewelry by falling in love. Wanting to make his own wedding bands he took up his tools (he studied sculpture at the Pratt Institute and worked as a fabricator in Brooklyn making everything from bronze doors to parts of artist's sculptures) and found his true calling. When the time came for Al and his wife to leave Brooklyn for Toronto he saw the opportunity to delve into his new passion deeper.
Working from the basement of their Victorian home, Albert pounds out designs that are both sculptural and show the mark of his hand. Inspired by the work of artists such as Alexander Calder (did you know he made jewelry?) and Isamu Noguchi each piece is hand-hammered. There is something both classical and raw about his bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings that recalls warriors and goddesses.
His affection for his craft is evident on his blog where he beautifully documents the creation of his work from custom made wedding bands to elegantly curved hoop earrings.
Albert is hosting a Holiday Sale and Open House this Sunday, December 8th from 12 - 6pm at 63 Cowan Avenue. A chance to see his beautiful work for yourself.
To enter the giveaway to win the gold bangles (pictured above) please leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite piece from his collection. (Personally I am in love with this gold cuff. Drop dead, capital "G", Gorgeous.) I'll announce the winner on December 17th. I'm happy to say this contest is open to all my readers!
Happy Christmas/Birthday/Hanukkah to all!
Now enter away..........
(Photos by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book with the exception of the bracelets courtesy of Albert Zuger.)