John Iversen is a master at creating leaves in gold and silver (etc.) and these leaves find themselves in countless collections. Each piece is unique, sensitive and hyper-realistic with such details as decay, breakage or insect damage, seemingly taken directly from nature. For the Up In Smoke exhibition, Iversen gives us 3 extraordinary Pot Leaves, brooches / pins in 18k gold, one juxtaposed with darkened silver.
John Iversen was born in Germany where he was trained as a goldsmith. He later emigrated to the U.S.A., and has been a notable NY studio jeweler since the 1970's. Iversen is easily one of the most collectible American jewelers, with work found in such institutions as the Cooper-Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum, LACMA, the MFA Boston and others.