Rie Taniguchi


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    Rie Taniguchi
    Lyre Bird Sings

    Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust

    5.1" x 2.2" x 1.2"

    “There are only two species of Lyrebirds: Superb Lyrebird and Albert’s Lyrebird. Technically they are passerines, yet in shape, colour and in their shy, ground-dwelling, solitary, forest-stalking habits, lyrebirds rather resemble tawny coloured gamebirds.
    “They were hunted for their tail feathers in the last century, together with habitat loss, these pressures weighed heavily on both species. But due to careful management of the species and its habitat, the species now have stable populations. Even so, they are vulnerable to cats and foxes.
    “Lyrebirds’s syrinx confers on the two species a gift for imitation of exquisite accuracy. About three quarters of their song output is mimicry. Both birds routinely incorporate pitch-perfect renderings of not only many of their avian forest neighbours, but animals and man-made sounds. You can find videos of them singing on youtube.
    “Male lyrebirds call mostly during winter, when they construct and maintain an open arena-mound in dense bush, on which they sing and dance in courtship. My piece ‘Lyrebird Sings’ is modelled on a male Superb Lyrebird.”
    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Lyre Bird Sings

    Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust

    5.1" x 2.2" x 1.2"

    “There are only two species of Lyrebirds: Superb Lyrebird and Albert’s Lyrebird. Technically they are passerines, yet in shape, colour and in their shy, ground-dwelling, solitary, forest-stalking habits, lyrebirds rather resemble tawny coloured gamebirds.
    “They were hunted for their tail feathers in the last century, together with habitat loss, these pressures weighed heavily on both species. But due to careful management of the species and its habitat, the species now have stable populations. Even so, they are vulnerable to cats and foxes.
    “Lyrebirds’s syrinx confers on the two species a gift for imitation of exquisite accuracy. About three quarters of their song output is mimicry. Both birds routinely incorporate pitch-perfect renderings of not only many of their avian forest neighbours, but animals and man-made sounds. You can find videos of them singing on youtube.
    “Male lyrebirds call mostly during winter, when they construct and maintain an open arena-mound in dense bush, on which they sing and dance in courtship. My piece ‘Lyrebird Sings’ is modelled on a male Superb Lyrebird.”
    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Hector's/Maui's Dolphin

    Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel paint, stainless steel pins

    2.2" x 1.1" x .7"

    “Hector’s or Maui’s Dolphin is the smallest of all dolphins, named after Sir James Hector, Victorian director of Wellington’s colonial Museum. They prefer the sanctuary of cloudy, coastal waters of New Zealand as protection against predators, but those same waters make them vulnerable to human actions, such as noise from boat traffic, chemical and agricultural pollution and gill nets.
    “They are small and fleet, but not as acrobatic as their bigger cousins. The way the dolphins move, their markings and their rounded dorsal fins make them somehow cartoon-like. They generally live in shallow waters less than 100m deep, in groups of two to eight individuals. The dolphins use high frequency echolocation clicks and feed on small prey, typically under 10cm long.
    “North Island subspecies known as Maui’s Dolphin only constitute around fifty individuals and are the most endangered of any cetacean, unable to sustain any more losses They only occupy a small ocean space, ranked as nationally critical by the Department of Commerce and critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Hector’s/Maui’s dolphin is considered to be one of the world’s rarest dolphin species. Both dolphin subspecies have a lifespan of only about 20 years, have a low reproduction rate (calving every 2-3 years) and late onset of sexual maturity (7-9 years). These factors result in a low maximum population growth rate, which put Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin at risk from even low levels of human-induced mortality.”

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Picathartes

    Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint, onyx, ebony, stainless steel spring, wood base

    3" x 3.9" x 1.1.1"

    “There are only two species of Picathartes and among globetrotting birders, they are two of the most sought-after birds on earth. My piece is modelled on the white-necked Picathartes. The other is grey-necked Picathartes. They live in the rainforest of east and central Africa.
    “Sir David Attenborough first filmed the bird in 1950’s for the BBC. I recently saw the film, but I first saw Picathartes in the BBC series ‘Africa’ shown in 2013, and was instantly intrigued. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Their appearance, how they move… They were supernatural beings in local folklore and I could see why. Largely silent, they bound through the trees and forest floor, partly floating on broad wings and partly springing in airy hops. Very few humans have seen these birds because of their secrecy. Deforestation and habitat disturbance severely affected their range. Sadly the folklore which once had a protective function is dying out.
    “I had to make one.”

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Lycaon Pictus

    Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel, stainless steel pins

    2.9" x 1.4", 2.8" x 1.5", 2.8" x 1.3", 2.5" x 1.7"

    “The African wild dog, African hunting dog, or African painted dog is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest of its family in Africa, and the only extant member of the genus Lycaon, which is distinguished from Canis by its fewer toes and dentition, which is highly specialised for a hypercarnivorous diet. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears.
    “It is classed as endangered by the IUCN, as it has disappeared from much of its original range caused by habitat fragmentation, prosecution by humans and diseases.
    “The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. They are known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalisations. Uniquely among social carnivores, it is the females rather than the males that scatter from the natal pack once sexually mature, and the young are allowed to feed first on carcasses. The species is a specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion. They are formidable cooperative hunters, also tackle larger prey particularly if their quarry is ill or injured.“

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Striped Dolphin

    Brooch. Sterling silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint

    3.25" x 1.1" x .9"

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    Ear Hummies

    Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint

    .7" x .8" x 1"

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Hummie Hoops

    Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint

    1.1" diameter

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Moon Earrings, Conker Earrings, Fig Pendants

    Moon Earrings: Sterling silver, gold foil
    Conker Earrings: Sterling silver, enamel
    Fig Pendants: Sterling silver

    Moon Earrings: .7" diameter x 2.2" long
    Conker Earrings: .6" diameter
    Fig Pendants: .75" x .8" x 1.3"

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Big Fish Owl

    Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base

    Bird: 3.1" h x 1.4" w x 1.5" d
    5.9" h x 3.5" w x 1.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "Henry Seebohm named this owl after the English naturalist Thomas Blakiston, who collected the original specimen in Hokkaido, Japan in 1883. This owl’s habitat is dense old growth forest near waterways or wooded coastlines of the Russian Far East and Hokkaido, Japan. Mainly preying on fish and the occasional small mammal, amphibian, crustacean or other bird, they hunt mainly on the ground along riverbanks. They are the largest owls in the world and revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that protects the village)."

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Big Fish Owl

    Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base

    Bird: 3.1" h x 1.4" w x 1.5" d
    5.9" h x 3.5" w x 1.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "Henry Seebohm named this owl after the English naturalist Thomas Blakiston, who collected the original specimen in Hokkaido, Japan in 1883. This owl’s habitat is dense old growth forest near waterways or wooded coastlines of the Russian Far East and Hokkaido, Japan. Mainly preying on fish and the occasional small mammal, amphibian, crustacean or other bird, they hunt mainly on the ground along riverbanks. They are the largest owls in the world and revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that protects the village)."

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    Kakapo Island

    Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin

    Bird: 2.5" h x 3.5" w x 1.3" d
    .5" h x 6.7" w x 5.5" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "The Kakapo is the rarest, heaviest and also the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are possibly the longest living bird, with an average life span of 95 years, and have one of the loudest booming calls that can reach up to 5km. Sadly, Kakapo are now extinct on the main islands of their native New Zealand islands, but conservation efforts in the 1980s have led to ecological restoration to prepare self-sustaining ecosystems with suitable habitats for kakapo. These conservation efforts have resulted in surviving kakapo populations on three islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchor and Little Barrier Islands, which are represented by the green islands in this sculpture, Kakapo Island."
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    Kakapo Island

    Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin

    Bird: 2.5" h x 3.5" w x 1.3" d
    .5" h x 6.7" w x 5.5" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "The Kakapo is the rarest, heaviest and also the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are possibly the longest living bird, with an average life span of 95 years, and have one of the loudest booming calls that can reach up to 5km. Sadly, Kakapo are now extinct on the main islands of their native New Zealand islands, but conservation efforts in the 1980s have led to ecological restoration to prepare self-sustaining ecosystems with suitable habitats for kakapo. These conservation efforts have resulted in surviving kakapo populations on three islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchor and Little Barrier Islands, which are represented by the green islands in this sculpture, Kakapo Island."
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    Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

    Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand

    Bird: 1.4" h x 1" w x 1" d
    Stand: 5.1" h x 3.5" w x 2.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

    Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint

    1.5" h x 1.7" w x .4" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    Private Collection

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    Sparrow

    Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow

    Bird 1.2" h x 2" w x .8" d
    Pillow: 1.2" h x 2.7" w x 2.7" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Sparrow

    Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow

    Bird 1.2" h x 2" w x .8" d
    Pillow: 1.2" h x 2.7" w x 2.7" d

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  • TaniguchiR_DonkiHaute_Donkeys_PhotoJoëlDegen.jpg
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    Donki Haute

    Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.

    Donki: 3.4” h x 4.4” w x 1.5” d
    Haute: 2.4” h x 4.6” w x 1.9” d
    As Necklace: 15.7” long

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Donki Haute

    Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.

    Donki: 3.4” h x 4.4” w x 1.5” d
    Haute: 2.4” h x 4.6” w x 1.9” d
    As Necklace: 15.7” long

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Donki Haute

    Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.

    Donki: 3.4” h x 4.4” w x 1.5” d
    Haute: 2.4” h x 4.6” w x 1.9” d
    As Necklace: 15.7” long

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rie Taniguchi
    Angel Swifts & Brollied Swifts

    Earrings. Sterling silver with oxidation

    1" x .6" x .2"

    Photo: Joël Degen
    Brollied Swifts in Private Collection

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    Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

    Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester

    Bear: 5.9” h x 4.3” w x 3.9” d
    Huskies: 2.4” h x 1.6” w x .4” d each
    Sledge: 1.6” h x 8.5” w x 1.6” d
    Base: 1” h x 19.7” w x 6.7” d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "'Polar bears can be playful… if they are well fed.' Despite shrinking habitats, polar bears maintain their cheerful and playful dispositions. This sculpture is inspired by images and video of wild polar bears playing with sledge dogs in Hudson Bay."

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    Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

    Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester

    Bear: 5.9” h x 4.3” w x 3.9” d
    Huskies: 2.4” h x 1.6” w x .4” d each
    Sledge: 1.6” h x 8.5” w x 1.6” d
    Base: 1” h x 19.7” w x 6.7” d

    "'Polar bears can be playful… if they are well fed.' Despite shrinking habitats, polar bears maintain their cheerful and playful dispositions. This sculpture is inspired by images and video of wild polar bears playing with sledge dogs in Hudson Bay."

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    Paridae Landing

    Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint

    .6" x .5" x .6"

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Paridae Taking Off

    .8" h x .9" w x .2" d

    .8" h x .9" w x .2" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Owlets in Nest

    Sculpture with wearable pendant or brooch. Silver, onyx, copper, stainless steel pin

    Birds: .8" h x 1.3" w x .6" d
    Nest: 4.3" x 4.5"

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Punk Kingfisher

    Sculpture. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, copper and wood stand

    Bird: 2.5" h x 2" w x .9" d
    Stand: 5.9" h x 8.3" w x 3.5" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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Lyre Bird Sings

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust


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Lyre Bird Sings

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust


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Hector’s/Maui’s Dolphin

Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel paint, stainless steel pins


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Picathartes

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint, onyx, ebony, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Lycaon Pictus

Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel, stainless steel pins


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Striped Dolphin

Brooch. Sterling silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Ear Hummies

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Hummie Hoops

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Moon Earrings, Conker Earrings, Fig Pendants

Moon Earrings: Sterling silver, gold foil
Conker Earrings: Sterling silver, enamel
Fig Pendants: Sterling silver


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Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand


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Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Angel Swifts & Brollied Swifts

Earrings. Sterling silver with oxidation


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Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester


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Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester


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Paridae Landing

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Paridae Taking Off

.8″ h x .9″ w x .2″ d


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Owlets in Nest

Sculpture with wearable pendant or brooch. Silver, onyx, copper, stainless steel pin


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Punk Kingfisher

Sculpture. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, copper and wood stand


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Lyre Bird Sings

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust


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Lyre Bird Sings

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, silicone, MDF, sawdust


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Hector’s/Maui’s Dolphin

Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel paint, stainless steel pins


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Picathartes

Sculpture. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint, onyx, ebony, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Lycaon Pictus

Brooches. Sterling silver, enamel, stainless steel pins


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Striped Dolphin

Brooch. Sterling silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Ear Hummies

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Hummie Hoops

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Moon Earrings, Conker Earrings, Fig Pendants

Moon Earrings: Sterling silver, gold foil
Conker Earrings: Sterling silver, enamel
Fig Pendants: Sterling silver


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Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand


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Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Angel Swifts & Brollied Swifts

Earrings. Sterling silver with oxidation


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Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester


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Rie Taniguchi
Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester


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Rie Taniguchi
Paridae Landing

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Rie Taniguchi
Paridae Taking Off

.8″ h x .9″ w x .2″ d


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Rie Taniguchi
Owlets in Nest

Sculpture with wearable pendant or brooch. Silver, onyx, copper, stainless steel pin


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Rie Taniguchi
Punk Kingfisher

Sculpture. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, copper and wood stand


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The work of metalsmith Rie Taniguchi embraces nature. Her charming figures incorporate sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones and ingenious spring-loaded designs. These playful commentaries on the animal kingdom include wearable elements and reflect Taniguchi’s interest in wildlife, the environment and traditional folktales.

Statement

“I make objects to look at or to wear, mainly in the shapes of various life forms, focusing on endangered species. I draw my inspiration freely from everything I see, read and hear. My main interests and concerns, aside from the arts, are in environment and wildlife. News, documentaries, folk tales and myths all come into consideration. I try to express the essence of life with satire and playfulness, portraying animals within their environments or in a situation when possible. The aim is to make it life-like rather than realistic. I am discovering that true animal forms are more fantastic than the fantastical and more challenging to make. Images from my childhood still influence me through the experience of making numerous drawings as I plan each piece. I draw from photographs, films and real life, before drawing from memory and designing. I have developed softer, more organic shapes using a mixture of techniques such as press forming, raising, constructing and carving with silver. I consider this group of work as an installation under a theme but I leave that theme obscured, encouraging the viewer to contemplate and reflect.”

Selected Public Collections:

  • The Alice and Louis Koch Collection
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally