Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Presents the Pillow Collar Necklace as Part of Permanent Collection
The contemporary jewelry collaboration of Steve Ford and David Forlano have been exhibiting with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for over 15 years. Their tour-de-force, Pillow Collar Necklace, is part of the museums permanent collection.
The Philadelphia and Santa Fe-based creative collaboration of Ford/Forlano have gained substantial notoriety since starting their work together in 1988. Both graduates of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, they swiftly established recognition in the field of contemporary art jewelry. An exhibit of recent acquisitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia, included the commissioned work, Pillow Collar Necklace. This piece was purchased with funds contributed by The Women's Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in memory of museum's longtime director, Anne d'Harnoncourt, who passed away in 2008. Ms d'Harnoncourt was a dedicated patron of Ford/Forlano, owning several of their big bead necklaces. Steve Ford says of this double-sided show piece necklace, "We think of it as a combination of something classical, restrained,and dignified on the one side and something rich, exuberant,adventurous on the other - - like Anne herself." Acting Director and Chief Curator of the Newark Museum, Ulysses Dietz, says, "Steven Ford and Dave Forlano's work represents, to me, the single most transformative influence in the world of polymer clay. They have ennobled a material relegated to preschools and have developed a design vocabulary as deeply rooted in modern art as it is in craft." The Newark Museum bought a major neck piece by Ford and Forlano for its permanent collection in 2010.