An internationally acclaimed art jeweller, Per Suntum lives and works on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. After obtaining Hans Hansen’s silver medal in 1965, he moved to Ireland in 1967 where he worked for a few years at Rionore before leaving Europe for Asia. For more than ten years, he studied and traveled between Asia and North Africa before finally returning to Denmark in 1981. He then resumed his goldsmith training at the College for Silversmithing and Jewellery and graduated in 1985. His work is included in many public and private collections and he has received numerous awards including the Danish Arts Foundation’s Life Long Granting and the Price of Distinction from Inga and Ejvind Kold Christensen's Foundation.
This is jewellery as an intimate sign. The human being lives daily with countless choices between intellect and emotion, between enthusiasm for technological development and an appreciation for the sublimity of nature. A piece of jewellery can create contact with this person. It must contain soulfulness as a prerequisite, so that the observer as well as the wearer of the jewellery is moved, is seduced, takes time for contemplation, feels excited, even provoked. I try to create these prerequisites by choosing materials according to their capacity and fullness of expression and to understand the material as an integrated part of a creative process in which cold, hard metal is transformed through complex material constructions into intimate objects with an immediately warm and gentle responsiveness.