Bacchus/Dionysos Ring by Judith Altruda
Greek bronze coin (3rd century BC, grapes) set in 22kt gold with 18kt gold hand twisted gold band, ruby
Judith Altruda is an artist living and creating in Tokeland, Washington, on the beautiful Willapa Bay. All of her pieces are one of a kind.
"Time and Tide provide the inspiration. From ancient coins to Victorian era sea glass, I am intrigued by the stories inherent in these objects. The processes of time, the effects of exposure, the ‘wearing away’ evoke wonder and a sense of the unknowable. In the case of the sea glass, in the 1800’s glass manufacturing factories on the NE coast of England dumped their ‘end of day sweeps’ over nearby cliffs into the ocean. What was once garbage has been polished in the sea for over one hundred years, transforming glass shards into smoothly shaped and frosted treasures. Reclaimed and transformed by time and the elements of nature."