A Shy Woman – Artwork Jewellery Discussion board

Sandy Grotta sporting a necklace by David Watkins, a bracelet by Lisa Gralnick, and a hoop by Alan Adler. A necklace by Laurie Corridor hangs on the wall, photograph: Tom Grotta

Pioneering crafts collector Sandy Grotta died in September 2021 on the age of 87. She and her husband, Lou, started amassing in 1957. She was a Titanium member of AJF. Gijs Bakker remembers his friendship along with her.

From Lou and Sandy Grotta’s assortment: Necklaces by (left to proper) Laurie Corridor, Robert Ebendorf, Kiff Slemmons, Axel Russmeyer, Arline M. Fisch, Laurie Corridor, Gijs Bakker, photograph: Tom Grotta

A shy girl, of quick stature, touched my arm and requested me to make one thing for her. It occurred in 1989 throughout my retrospective on the Helen Drutt Gallery.

The woman was Sandy Grotta. She needed her profile because the Profile Brooch to be made by me. I used to be very flattered and in addition nervous. How might I make her profile within the gallery with none gear obtainable?

Helen helped to discover a highlight for me to mission Sandy’s profile on the wall. Then she additionally ordered the Brooch Verkuyl to be exhibited in that very same present. I had no concept who this girl was, however she made an infinite and highly effective impression on me, a woman who knew what she needed!

From Lou and Sandy Grotta’s assortment: The ring tree, by Thomas Hucker holds (left department, left to proper) rings by Barbara Walter, Patty Fawn, Eva Eisler, Tone Vigeland, Giampaolo Babetto, Katja Schlegel; (proper department, left to proper) rings by Martin Papcun, Charles Loloma, Axel Russmeyer, unknown, Brigitte von Wysiecki, Otto Künzli, Fritz Maierhofer; the cabinets maintain (left to proper, high to backside) work by Giampaolo Babetto, Shimji Nakaba, Christina Smith, Denise Wallace, Björn Weckström, Bent Gabrielsen, Shimji Nakaba, (stacked) Charles Loloma, Patty Fawn, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Charles Loloma, Björn Weckström, Eva Eisler, Larry Gotsch, Eva Eisler, photograph: Tom Grotta

And that is what I noticed when Helen, along with Matthew, took me to Lou and Sandy’s spectacular manor home, designed by Richard Meier, two years later, in 1991:

Sandy Grotta in entrance of her house, photograph courtesy of Gijs Bakker

Sandy guided me round the home to indicate her stunning assortment of baskets, ceramics, jewellery, work, and furnishings. We grew to become associates and met on varied events.

Sandy and Lou additionally commissioned me to make a chunk of knickknack to rejoice their jubilee in 2003. This resulted within the Grotta Brooch, primarily based on the hilarious introduction her husband Lou spoke to me: “I take care of cable.”

Sandy Grotta wears a bracelet by David Watkins, a necklace by Gerd Rothmann, and earrings by Eva Eisler, photograph: Tom Grotta

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