Exhibtion Cycle "Showpiece of the Month"

Event duration:
from 01 to 30 June 2021

The cycle consisting of 12 exhibitions of one showpiece is an opportunity to present to the audience unique art works made by Kaliningrad masters that have left walls of artistic workshops for the first time.

The Grandmaster's key. 2012
Amber, metal; sawing-out, mounting, art casting, patination
Author Svetlana Egorova.
Kaliningrad, Russia 

In art is my life.

"We all originate from the childhood. And childhood by the Baltic Sea on the Curonian Spit is a generous gift of the destiny. Exhilarating smells of pine resin and sea wind, warm sand are experiences of the known-unknown land. An inscription in foreign language, mysterious ornament on a tiled heater are echo of legends.

The constant presence of something big and mysterious, I am holding a piece of amber in my palm and trying to get inside of the golden miracle  with my eyes. There, in childhood, I am fascinated forever"

Lana Egorova, jewellery artist

Interesting facts from the history of item creation told by the author:

"The pendant "The Grandmaster's Key" is part of a small series "Keys-Stories":

1. "The Key from the Old CIty"
2. "The Grandmaster's Key"
3. "The Key from the Magic Baltics"
4. "A Small Key from My Childhood"

"The Grandmaster's Key" is a logical continuation of the work "The Key from the Old City" related to the history of Königsberg-Kaliningrad that keeps numerous secrets and legends.

"The Grandmaster's Key"was meant as some sort of a magical object.

Keeper of the key, grandmaster of the mysterious order... and it is only he, who can open the door, that keeps secrets of the old city, with the key ".

Description of the work

"The Pendant "The Grandmaster's Key" is made of two kinds of metals and amber inserts, it is a miniature sculpture.

I like simple geometric forms joined in a composition with perfect proportions of the golden section.

Inside the composition, the space in filled with decor harmonically supporting the theme of the item.

I like, that, if you imagine the key in action, you can see, how the static item become dynamic.

Base of the pendant is a silver ingot with a round section. Six similar, complicated in their construction, brass elements are soldered to it around the circle. To produce these elements, a master-model was made and lost wax moulding technique was used. 

The upper part of the pendant is decorated with an amber cabochon inserted into the silver bezel setting. The down part of the pendant is a fine-cut silver element resembling a cone. In the upper part of the pendant base there is a drilled through hole that is meant for a special split ring or a leather cord. Fine-cut fantasy-form pieces of amber are set in six brass elements. The work is polished, partly oxydised and the whole work is patinated".

Author of the work "The Grandmaster's Key" was born on 3 March 1963 in the village of Morskoe, Zelenogradsk district, Kaliningrad region. In 1986, she graduated from Krasnoe Selo College of Art Metal in Krasnoe-on-Volga, Kostroma region qualifying as a jewellery artist. She worked at the Kaliningrad Amber Combine and at different jewellery companies in Kaliningrad. Since 2005, she has been a member of the Kaliningrad regional branch of the Creative Union of Russian Artists. Since 2010 – leader and chief artist at the creative association of Kaliningrad artists and masters "Prussian Honey". Since 2015, she has been a co-founder of the Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen.

Her works are in the collection of the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum.

Participation in exhibitions:

2008–2009 – 9th Jewellery Festival "The Golden Ring of Russia", TEC "Collage", Kostroma, Russia;
2008 – Third Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "Amber Autumn", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
since 2008 – annual exhibition "Amber of the Baltics", Baltic-Expo Exhibition Centre, Kaliningrad, Russia;
2008–2009 – annual International Jewellery Exhibition "Amber Trip", Vilnius, Lithuania;
2008–2009 – annual International Fair of Amber, Bijouterie and Gems "Amberif", Gdansk, Poland;
2009 – Third International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2009", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2010 – Fourth Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "Amber Autumn", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2011 – exhibition and contest "Space and Time" held within the Fourth International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2011", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2011 – exhibition of works by Kaliningrad artists "Illusion of Reality", N.Nuzhin Exhibition Hall at the Yaroslavl History Museum, Russia;
2012–2016 – Fair of Russian Arts and Crafts "Rowboat. Winter Tale", CEC "Expocentre", Moscow, Russia; 
2012–2016 – Fair of Russian Arts and Crafts "Rowboat. Spring Fantasy", CEC "Expocentre", Moscow, Russia; 
2012 – 4th selling exhibition "Hobby 21st Century: Collecting and Creating", CEH "Manege", Saint Petersburg, Russia;
2012 – 7th Festival of Russian Craftsmen and Artists "The Firebird", REC, Moscow, Russia;
2012 – First Russian Contest of Jewellery Art in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2012 – Fifth Regional Biennial of Original Works and Serial Products from Amber "Adornment for the Queen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2013 – International Fair "The Green Week", Berlin, Germany;
2013 – Trade Show "Jewellery Vernissage", Moscow, Russia;
2013–2014 – International Arts and Crafts Fair "Kazan Cup", Kazan, Russia;
2013 – Ethnic Culture Festival "Tribal Seasons in Koenigsberg: Spring", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2013 – exhibition "Amber Coast of Russia" within the Russian Days, Barcelona, Spain;
2013–2016 – Fair of Russian National Artists and Craftsmen "The Firebird", REC, Moscow, Russia;
2013–2016 – Craftsmen Festival "Prussian Honey", Tcherniakhovsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia;
2013 – Art Fair "City of Craftsmen", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2013–2015 – International Festival "Territory of Peace", Kaliningrad Russia;
2013 – International Festival "Amberfest", Yantarnii, Kaliningrad region, Russia;
2014 – exhibition of works by creative workshop of Kaliningrad artists "Prussian Honey: Amber Legends", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2014 – Second Russian Contest of Original Jewellery Art in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2014 – 8th Perm Interregional Fair of Arts and Crafts, Decorative and Applied Art, EC "Perm Fair", Russia;
2014 – Fair "City of Craftsmen", "Expocentre", Volgograd, Russia;
2014 – annual International Fair "The World of Family", Baltic Expo Exhibition Centre, Kaliningrad, Russia;
2014 – 21st Interregional Exhibition "Regions – the Boarderless Cooperation", EC "Contur", Tcheboksary, Russia;
2014 – Festival of Flowers "Kalinkovo", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2014 – Festival "Baltic Amber", Yantarnii, Kaliningrad region, Russia;
2014 – Russian Festival of Folk Creativity "Together We Are Russia", Nver Academic Drama Theatre, Russia;
2014 – International Exhibition of Cultural Heritage "Patrimoine Culturel", Paris, France;
2014 – Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair, Paris, France;
2015 – contest and exhibition "Metaphysics of Light" within the Sixth International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2015", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2015 – exhibition of works by the creative workshop of Kaliningrad artists and craftsmen "Prussian Honey", Gesev, Kaliningrad region, Russia;
2015 – international exhibition "Mineral and Stone", Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France;
2015 – International Festival of Historic Reconstruction "Kaup", Pionerskii, Russia;
2015 – festival "Time Gallery", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2015 – Medieval Culture Festival, Kaliningrad, Russia;
2015–2016 – New Year Fair "Baltic Vernissage", Dinamo Sport Complex, Kaliningrad, Russia;
2016 – Third Russian Contest of Original Jewellery and Lapidary ARt in Kaliningrad dedicated to the 170th anniversary of Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Kaliningrad Regional AMber Museum, Russia;
2016 – International Jewellery Show "Amber Trip", Vilnius, Lithuania;
2016 – 1st International Tourism Exhibition "PRO Tourism", Amber Hall Ciltural Centre, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia;
2016 – presentation exhibition by Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen, Kaliningrad Regional AMber Museum, Russia;
2016 – Seventh Regional Biennial of Original Amber Artworks "Amber History Milestomes", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2017 – amber exhibition "Inspiration' by artists from the association : Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum;
2018 – Fouth Russian Contest of Jewellery and Lapidary ARt in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2018 – Eighth Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "The Transformed City", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2018 – amber exhibition "Autumn Dialogue" by artists from the association "Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2019 – amber exhibition "Spring Mood" by artists from the association "Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2019 – contest exhibition "BOTANICA" within the Eighth International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2019", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2020 – amber exhibition "The Same Sky Above Us" by artists from the association "Kaliningrad Guild of Amber Craftsmen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2020 –"Ninth Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "Dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia.
 
Награды:
2008 – 3rd place in the category "Glory of Silver Style", 9th Jewellery Festival "The Golden Ring of Russia", TEC "Collage", Kostroma, Russia;
2008 – diploma at the Internationa; Jewellery Trade Show "Amber Trip", Vilnius, Lithuania;
2008 – diploma in the category "Jewellery. Debut" at the Third Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "Amber Autumn", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2008 – diploma in the category "Youth Adornment" at the contest "AMber renaissance" within the annual jewellery exhibition "Amber of the Baltics", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2010 – winner in the category "Jewellery Objects" at the cobtest "Amber Legends" within the annual jewellery exhibition "Amber of the Baltucs", Kaliningrad , Russia;
2011 – special diploma from OOO "House of the Story-teller" at the Fourth International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2011", Kaliningrad Regional AMber Museum, Russia;
2012 – diploma in the category "Original Items" at the Fifth Regional Biennial of Original Artworks and Serial Production from Amber "Adornment for the Queen", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2014 – jury diploma, special diploma from the Kaliningrad Amber Combine at the Second Russian Contest of Jewllery Art in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Regional AMber Museum, Russia;
2014 – 1st place at the regional stage of the Russian contest "Together We Are Russia", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2014 – diploma at the finale stage of the Russian contest "Together We Are Russia", Tver, Russia;
2016 – diploma in the category "Best Mass Production" at the Sevent Regional Biennial of Amber Artworks "Amber Hitory Milestones", Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia;
2016 – diploma at the International Jewellery Show "Amber Trip", Vilnius, Lithuania;
2016 – small badge of the F.Bierbaum Order from the C.Fabergé Memorial Foundation with the title "Headmaster", Kaliningrad, Russia;
2016 – laureate in the category "Metaphor", special diploma and award from B.Bartfeld at the Third Russian Contest of Jewellery and Lapidary Art in Kaliningrad dedicated to the 170th anniversary of Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, Russia.​

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