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.

Powered by SmugMug Log In

Amphora Series • Black & White • Detail

For this amphora, I spun a wax amphora and electro-formed the final copper amphora over the wax. I then used opaque white glass enamel for the interior, added a black patina to the exterior and set it in sterling silver claw prongs and chain.