Golden Botrus Teapot was inspired by my love of mineral specimens with botryoidal crystal structures. The body was raised from a single sheet of sterling silver and the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé created the botryoidal bumps on the surface. Having completed the teapot and put a highly polished surface on, I placed 23 ½ karat gold leaf over the surface of the “bumps.” I chose Pau Rosewood to be used for the handle and finial of the teapot.
Award winning silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 45 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms. Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately repoussé hand mirror presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, of the Kansas City Royals.
During her seven year employment as a bench jeweler she perfected her construction skills and went on to study the repoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field.
Genevieve has won many awards including a Saul Bell International Design Award in Hollowware/Art Objects as well as exhibiting her work across the world.
As a master chaser and silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with precious metals.
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