Christel van der Laan is a jeweller born in the Netherlands, now living in Perth, Western Australia. With a BA from the Murdoch University and renowned awards as «Open Award National Contemporary Jewellery Award», her works can be found in diverse public collections. The artist is a constant presence in international exhibitions, publications and fairs.
The idea of preciousness in jewellery and the pursuit of beauty in the discarded and overlooked are enduring themes in my work. Since 2008, I have been experimenting with ceramic honeycomb. Usually a soldering aid on thousands of jeweller’s benches around the globe, this remarkable substance has become the key focus in my practice.
The selection and organization of materials to give form to thoughts and experiences is often the most exhilarating and challenging aspect of the making process. My desire is to create poetic jewellery objects, where each part is transformed by its juxtaposition with another and has a crucial role to play in the final composition.