Kenneth MacBain - Bigger is Better

Artist: Kenneth MacBain, New Jersey
Materials: brass, cubic zirconia, steel
Size: 8
Dimensions: 2" x 1.75" x 1.5"

Artist Statement: This ring focuses on the enormous size of the cubic zirconia and how we perceive value within our society. It is two finger ring constructed with brass and steel.

Artist Bio: Kenneth MacBain is a contemporary studio jeweler whose work focuses on the inherent complexities of human relationships. His current work of conceptual body adornment uses humor to address status, preciousness, and intimacy. His jewelry has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions in the United States and abroad. It has been featured in more than 30 books and in The New York Times and American Craft. It is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Newark Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. MacBain is an associate professor of art and head of the jewelry/metals area at New Jersey City University. He earned his master of fine arts degree in jewelry/metals from Temple University in 1990 and his bachelor’s degree in gold and silversmithing from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the recipient of many grants and awards, including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 2003 and 2021. He works from his home studio in New Jersey.

Watch a video of this ring HERE!

This ring is part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2022, an online exhibition and competition. Shop the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.

Rings from this collection will ship or be available for pick up after the competition concludes on April 29.