Reliquary Boxes

Grace Gunning
Rhinecliff, New York

After years of working primarily with glass, Grace Gunning found old 1890's metal forming machines and began to experiment with a very heavy gauge of copper, hoping to learn to form a box.  It took a year or so to teach herself the techniques that are all but lost in this very modern world.  In time, the boxes, each formed one at a time, became more than just boxes.  Although the word Reliquary means “a receptacle for treasures”, Grace hopes she has created a treasure to hold your treasures.
Growing up in Blacklick, Ohio in the late 50's as a Quaker and moving to N.Y.C. as a teenager in the later 60's gave Grace the sense that life is wackier than we can even imagine. In her studio in upstate N.Y., along the mighty Hudson River, past meets present. Through the work of play and the play of work, and these marvelous old machines, Grace brings you her Reliquary Boxes.