Selection from the Collection: City Zen Cane Shell Necklace

City Zen Cane, Shell Necklace Detail, 1997, 22.5″L x 1.5″H x 1.5″D

While I’m in the studio filling orders today, here’s something to feast your eyes upon.

I purchased this necklace in 1997 at MIPCES from Steven Ford and David Forlano when they still worked under the name City Zen Cane.  Steven describes this piece as “transitional,” perhaps because it represents a period when they began to experiment with innovative bead shapes and put less emphasis on their caning.  They officially changed their business name to Ford/Forlano in 2003.

I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.