ABOUT THE ARTIST
- Sound of Then IV/ Jewelry
recycled plastic, ceramic honeycomb, mother of pearl, oxidised silver, vintage glass, antique cut steel, plywood
- Reflex/ RINGS
18 ct gold
- Sound of Then III/ Jewelry
recycled plastic, acrylic, ceramic honeycomb, antique mother of pearl plaque, antique cut steel, plywood, sterling silver
- Holier Than Thou/ Jewelry
honeycomb ceramic, painted silver
"A love of materials and how they can be transformed into poetic jewellery objects."
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 public collections such as The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland. The artist is a constant presence in international exhibitions, publications and fairs.
A love of materials and how they can be transformed into poetic jewellery objects are central to Christel van der Laan’s practice. Since 2008, she has been working with ceramic honeycomb, a refractory material on the jeweller’s workbench. A collector of all manner of things since childhood, she searches for carefully considered relationships between sometimes disparate elements, with the intrinsic qualities of the materials as her starting point. Placed together, the mundane, the discarded and the overlooked, invite the viewer and wearer to discover and value jewellery in a new way.
“I love the intimacy of making small scale jewellery objects but I also enjoy creating beautiful interiors. When the elements of form, colour, texture, scale and contrast come together to create something that fills you with complete and utter joy every time you look at it, it is a special moment. For a perfectionist like me, I have to have this feeling in order to finish a piece.”