amphoras - andrea zatarain, jewelry design

This is a collection of amphora necklaces that began as my degree project at Rhode Island School of Design. Over the years, I have revisited this project to explore new techniques and forms.

This project started as a purely formal investigation. With time, I have realized why this form fascinates me. The form is meant to hold its contents and cannot do it on its own. It needs to nest among other amphoras in the hull of a ship as intended by the ancient Greeks.
The form has become a symbol of how we are connected as human beings and of motherhood.

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Amphora Series • Balance

Just like a plumb finds a vertical line, this amphora seeks to anchor itself when hanging.
Fabricated using Sterling Silver, this amphora slides along the fine sterling chains. The 18k gold tip works as a stop to keep it in place.