CASTELLO HANSEN

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Sep
25

CASTELLO HANSEN Castello Hansen was born in Denmark in 1965, and lives and works in Sweden. He was trained as a goldsmith at Ole Lynggaard in Hellerup, Denmark and holds a MA from Royal College of Art, London, UK.He was the 1994 Winner of Platinum Award, UK and received the first prize in theJewellery and Hollowware competition during the Copenhagen-Cultural Capital of Europe in 1996.Castello Hansen has shown his work in numerous international exhibitions and is represented in private and public collections: Dallas Museum of Art, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Design Museum, Danmark. The Danish Arts Foundation’s Jewellery Collection; Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild, The National Museum, Sweden; The Röhsska Museum, Sweden. PHILOSOPHIE Castello Hansen creates jewellery with simple, minimalist forms yet very expressive , and jewelry as a phenomenon in its own right is his favorite subject matter: « I regard jewellery to be purely visual and tactile media defined by its own phenomenology and as such only capable of communicating symbolically'. (...) There are no limits to what we can know about jewelry, about this phenomenon and its culture, and it is impossible to predict the nature of the creative possibilities waiting to be discovered if we search […]

ANNETTE DAM

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Sep
25

ANNETTE DAM Annette Dam was born in 1972 and she lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a BA and MA from the Institute for Metal at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norge and has studied Art History and Museology at Copenhagen University.She was awarded the Arts and Crafts Prize of 1879 and she was the 2012 winner of the Skt. Loye prize.With fellow jewellery artist, Marie-Louise Kristensen, Annette Dam is the founder of Art Jewellery Copenhagen.Annette Dam has shown her work in numerous solo exhibitions and international group exhibitions and is represented in private and public collections: Museum Espace Solidor, France; Newark Museum, USA; Design Museum, Denmark; The Danish Arts Foundation’s Jewellery Collection; Skt. Loye Collection, Denmark; The Art Association of the 14th of August, Denmark. PHILOSOPHY « My jewellery is created in a sensual and narrative universe preferably combining elements of seriousness and a sense of humor. All of it considered through both loving and critical perspective aiming for communicative art jewellery. I seek to create works where the artistic, conceptual and handcraft meet, and through an investigative practice, the process serves as an active contributor to the design and final expression.Sometimes it feels like a riddle that I […]

MARIE-LOUISE KRISTENSEN

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Sep
21

MARIE-LOUISE KRISTENSEN Born in Copenhagen in 1971, Marie-Louise Kristensen decided to train as a sculptor at an early age. She began to practice this discipline at high school and then studied at the Billedskolen on Jagtvej in Copenhagen. She then discovered the art of experimental jewellery and immediately began studying at the Institute for Precious metals in Copenhagen, where she graduated in 2004. Parallel to her artistic practice, she teaches jewellery design and jewellery making in Denmark and abroad. Since 2016, together with Annette Dam, she has been exhibiting and promoting contemporary jewellery through their curatorial project Art Jewellery Copenhagen. Marie-Louise Kristensen regularly participates in prestigious international exhibitions in museums and galleries and has been selected several times to be included in the annual exhibition of the Schmuck Messe in Munich (2010/14/16/19). PHILOSOPHY « It's not at all important to me that everyone gets the story right. Making storytelling jewelry is, for me, not telling a story one to one. It's more like a three-dimensional puzzle where I can work in different layers, on different platforms, using the scale, the materials, the placement, the jewelry tradition, symbols, the title, and with a lot of work and a touch of magic, it […]

PER SUNTUM

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Sep
14

PER SUNTUM 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. ARTISTIC STATEMENT 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 […]

KAORI JUZU

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Sep
14

KAORI JUZU Kaori Juzu is a contemporary art jeweller from Fukuoka, Japan. In 2008 the artist completed her apprenticeship with goldsmith Per Suntum and started her individual artistic practice. Her jewellery is forced beyond familiar boundaries with a sophisticated mix of techniques, an experimental continuation of enamelwork. The result is a new and seductive expression within a beautiful harmony in the shape of jewellery. Juzu’s work has been featured in both private and public collections that include Designmuseum Denmark, Koldinghus Museum, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Cominelli Foundation. ARTISTIC STATEMENT I aspire to work solely for the sake of inspiration – before the mind begins to devour the joy of inspiration. Creating jewellery is a completely open process, where shapes, colours and sizes meet and interact. This process unfolds in a constant dialogue between hand, metal and enamel. In this intensive process layers of colour are built up until such moment : like the moon gleaming on water – soft lifting, serene, subdued, yet strong enough to take on life as well as form. As each shape interacts with the space around it, the shapes should elevate each segment and colour and also hold all the elements aloft. In […]

PETER MACHATA

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Apr
13

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1971 in Nové Zámky, Slovakia, Peter Machata lives and works in Stupava (SK). After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava in 1991, he studied sculpture under direction of professor Jankovič at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, where he became assistant between 2000 and 2003 at the AFAD Research Centre in Bratislava. Since 2003, he has been working in this institution, in the Department of Digital Technologies.Since 1992, he has regularly participated in international exhibitions and has initiated numerous symposia in the field of contemporary jewellery and sculpture. " Peter Machata, a graduate of Jozef Jankovič’s sculpture studio at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava began to concentrate on jewelry after completing his studies. He perceives jewelry as small sculptures, and thus consistently and consequently builds the syntax of his jewelry based on the principles of relief, plastic formation and box. His jewelry reflects subtle overlaps of jewelry and sculpture methods – his geometric and poetizing abstraction was replaced by figurative metaphor several years ago. He elaborated the elements of religiousness (or spirituality?), which he established in his jewelry by basing them on the iconography of the Pieta, in a […]

JANA MACHATOVA

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Apr
13

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1972 in Hnusta, Jana Machatova lives and works in Stupava, Slovakia. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Kremnica in 1990, she continued her studies under Professor Anton Cepka at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, from which she graduated in 1997.Since 1992, she regularly participates in international exhibitions and her works are part of private and public collections (Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Hejral Collection Smržovka (Czech Republic). "Jana Machatova is one of the first Slovak fine artists who completed her study of jewelry at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (under Cepka and Weisslechner). During her time there, she underwent a geometrizing and kinetic episode under Cepka’s influence; however, she soon shifted her attention to the theme of memory. She works on this theme in mutually interconnected layers – through her own story, touched up by retrospective optimism and through commentaries, which provide a bitter (or) realistic crown on sweet childhood times. Thus, the accent on personal, family or fantasy memory traces developed in the form of medallions in laminated photography or in carved silver sheets alternates by tuning in to a wider context. In her jewelry, Socialist […]

KARIN HERWEGH

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Oct
05

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1968 in Zuiddorpe, The Netherlands, Karin Herwegh first studied fashion design at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda from 1986 to 1991. After two years in the world of fashion, she realized that this universe and the frenzied rhythm of the collections did not correspond to her aspirations and slowly began to experiment with different types of materials and to gather drawings and sketches according to her inspirations. She finally decided to continue her studies by training in jewellery techniques first at the Technical school s'Hertogenbosch (NL) and then at the Technical school (Nijverheidsschool) of Antwerp section Goldsmith-jewellery.Her works are in the permanent collection of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (NL) and the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg (NL). She lives and works in Hoofdplaat (NL). "More and more, my work is becoming a kind of personal visual report on the things and issues I care about. The fact that I can simply use a piece of wood and a knife to create contemporary work makes me feel independent from modern technology. The designs are not fixed beforehand, each necklace is made within its own whimsical logic. I decide on shape and size while I […]

ALEXANDER BLANK

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Oct
05

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1975 in Büdingen (DE), Alexander Blank does not owe his current career as an art jeweller to an early vocation but to a happy combination of circumstances. After discovering that the photographer he wanted to study with had already an apprentice, he introduced himself to his neighbor who turned out to be a goldsmith. After two years of apprenticeship, he continued his professional technical training in Hanau and Hanover before joining the Design Academy of Hanau, where he really discovered the discipline of contemporary jewellery and its horizon of possibilities. Graduated in 2004, he then joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under  direction of Otto Künzli, where he studied until 2010. He received the Herbert Hoffmann Preis in 2012 and his works are featured in many prestigious public and private collections, including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (NL), the Kestner Museum, Hanover (DE) and the Hiko Mizuno Collection (JP).He lives and works in Munich since 2010. FOLLOW HIMInterview by Susan Cummins for the AJFArticle byLiesbeth den Besten on Klimt02

SUNGHO CHO

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Oct
05

   Born in 1975 in Cheongsong, Korea, Sungho Cho graduated in Metalwork & Jewellery from Seoul National University. Between 2006 and 2008, he moved to Florence to study at the prestigious Alchimia school with two masters of the contemporary art jewelry field, Manfred Bischoff and DavidBielander before completing his training with Otto Künzli from 2008 to 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2013, he received the title of Best Jeweler of the Year in Korea and his works appear regularly in exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are present in many permanent collections of international museums such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, USA), The Chiwoo Craft Museum (Korea) and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection (Basel, Switzerland). Between abstraction and figuration, Sungho Cho's works are characterized by their humor and discreetly subversive dimension. The artist brilliantly combines an elegant and sophisticated metal work and the straightforward use of poor materials such as wood and recycled plastics. This improbable combination highlights the accuracy of his perception of the world around him. Over the past few years, he has been reflecting on the relativity of financial and monetary values, using […]