Mia Kaplan - Checkered Ring

Artist: Mia Kaplan, North Carolina
Materials: brass, copper, sterling silver
Size: 5
Dimensions: 7/8" x 1" x 1 1/8"

Artist Statement: I am drawn to the technique of marriage of metals and utilize the colors of copper, brass, bronze, and silver to bring color and create patterns and imagery in my work. This checkered ring is constructed out of a marriage of brass and copper. The ring has a smooth concave face that is a lot like a worry stone, with a thumb sized indentation. The black and gold pattern is graphic and bold, while the silver sets the stage with a satiny and calming contrast.

Artist Bio: Mia Kaplan is a queer Chinese-American artist who works primarily in jewelry and metalsmithing. She received a BA in Studio Art at Earlham College in 2018. In undergrad, she fell in love with metalworking; its fastidious nature, extensive history of craft, and physicality. Mia worked as an intern at Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry in Durham, NC in 2016. She was also an intern at Brooklyn Metal Works through the New York Arts Program in 2017. Mia just completed the Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Craft and works and lives in Penland, NC. She has most recently shown work in Drawn to Detail: Metalsmiths of North Carolina at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and in Dream Machine at NY Jewelry Week.

Watch a video of this ring HERE!

This ring is part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2022, an online exhibition and competition. Shop the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.

Rings from this collection will ship or be available for pick up after the competition concludes on April 29.