for well over a decade i've found intrigue with michael aram's play with nature at functional kitchenware. his pieces are different and interesting from all angles. there's a seriousness and somber to the pieces, as if to immortalize life via nature in silver, for a future age that may not know such wonders of trees, leaves and berries. there's a way that holding stick sculpted forks and spoons brings us back in touch with generations past (cave men perhaps) when the idea of disposable thumbs and tools were first conceived. to ornate these everyday tools in silver is to memorialize them and give them new meaning in the present century.