Maja Houtman and Karin Kortenhorst form a special exhibition duo. Wire is both their connection and contradiction: Maja processes meters of fine wire into objects, while Karin looks for space and makes large sculptural objects. These two artists brought together in one space creates an interesting field of tension that surprises and amazes the visitor.
Maja Houtman and Karin Kortenhorst were both trained as goldsmiths at the Vakschool in Schoonhoven. After graduating they chose their own ways, leaving the classic jewelry behind. Karin went immersed herself in 3-D design. Maja specialized in filigree.
Maja Houtman (1963) became fascinated by a self-developed filigree technique. She applies her acquired knowledge and new ideas in art objects. Her work has won international awards such as the prestigious Saul Bell Award and Cheongju Craft Biennnial. Where the mythological Arachne was mistress of spinning and weaving, Maja goes one step further.
Karin Kortenhorst (1961) developed her work from making jewelry to creating monumental, spatial sculptures. She rolls, hammers and winds aluminum, copper and iron wire in her studio. This material twists, bends, hammers and hooks them in such a way that large transparent volumes are created. By framing the sky, space becomes visible.
The exhibition Strings Attached brings the two ‘wire artists’ together in dialogue and contrast. Karin and Maja made new objects especially for the exhibition.
Die Hansestadt Hamburg mit ihren charakteristischen Hafenanlagen und markanten Industriebauten hat den Gold- und Silberschmied Jan Wege seit seiner Kindheit geprögt und inspiriert. Seine auBergewöhn lichen Arbeiten aus Silber, Tombak oder Eisen vermitteln einen kraftvollen Ausdruck von Stabiliiöt und Störke, sind dabei aber sensibel gestaltet und formal von hoher Qualitöt. Die Stiftung Gold- und Silberschmiedekunst in Schwöbisch Gmünd ernannte Jan Wege zum Stadtgoldschmied 2020. Alle zwei Jahre ehrt diese traditionelle Auszeichnung internatio nal herausragende Gold- und Silberschmiede aus ganz Europa. Die Ausstellung im Labor im Chor ermöglicht spannende Einblicke in das Wirken von Jan Wege.
Nutida Svenskt Silver is a members association consisting of 28 goldsmiths and silversmiths working in different types of materials and techniques, with the processes of gold- and silversmithing at heart. All members create unique jewelry and items in limited editions, manufactured in their own workshops. The Swedish silversmiths will participate in the Stockholm Craft Week. Based on the Corona bubble over the past year, Contemporary Swedish Silversmiths have created the theme TIME Capsules for their exhibition at Stockholm Craft Week.
This is the first exhibition to focus on the UK’s exceptionally talented contemporary women designer silversmiths. Fifty years ago, it would have been impossible to assemble an exhibition like this, as there were so few women working in the field. What was once a totally male discipline has been transformed within three generations.
The Mastery exhibitors represent a large cohort of women working at the highest level of silversmithing and include long-established and mid-career artists alongside some emerging makers of exceptional promise. The work itself was chosen to highlight both the diversity of women’s practice and their largely unacknowledged role as innovators. The resulting group of work illustrates a profound understanding of materials and processes and finally lays to rest the curious notion that silversmithing was an unsuitable occupation for a woman. On the contrary, unconstrained by the weight of tradition, women’s silversmithing has brought refreshing new approaches to an ancient craft.
Exhibitors: Juliette Bigley. Jocelyn Burton. Ane Christensen. Angela Cork. Maureen Edgar. Ndidi Ekubia. Megan Falconer. Na’ama Haneman. Miriam Hanid. Rauni Higson. Kathryn Hinton. Simone ten Hompel. Jessica Jue. Kyosun Jung. Nan Nan Liu. Anna Lorenz. Sheila McDonald. Claire Malet. Jacqueline Mina. Cara Murphy. Theresa Nguyen. Rebecca de Quin. Pamela Rawnsley. Jane Short. Mary Ann Simmons. Hazel Thorn. Adi Toch. Katie Watson. Tamar de Vries Winter
As soon as the museum reopens from the Covid-19 lockdown until September 2021, silversmith Jan van Nouhuys will exhibit in Het Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven with Ground Hope. Jan takes the visitor on the way to a point of light on the horizon. At the same time the new book Silver Art – Jan van Nouhuys, Founder of Dutch Contemporary Silver Art will be presented, describing 40 years of the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys.
In this exhibition, the visitor experiences a journey to a sunnier world, accompanied by inspiring, funny and special silver objects such as Goede Morgen Overkant, Briesje and Au Claire de la Lune.
Silver in Motion and exhibition master class participants
Jan van Nouhuys worked as a silversmith for over forty years. At a time when silver had fallen out of fashion as a tool, he consciously chose to make large art objects and eventually found a market for it. Jan van Nouhuys also taught his vision on modern silver at the Vocational School in Schoonhoven. Jan founded the foundation “Silver in Movement” in 1991 to give the profession new impetus, to put silver on the map as an art form and to inspire others. Jan coached silversmiths in his international masterclasses to develop and realize new concepts. These masterclasses formed a development place for up-and-coming talents and experienced silversmiths. Fourteen of them are exhibiting their work in the Silver Museum in addition to Jan: Tamara van Kekerix, Guido Schram, Mark Alexander, Dyon Seelen, Niels de Vos, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Kaj Bras, Bas Jansen, Sybren Van Wesemael, Patrick Davison, Megan Falconer, Loucinda Nims, Yonatan Avishaul and Leandra Förster.
The exhibition coincides with the presentation of the bilingual book Jan van Nouhuys – silver art – founder of Dutch contemporary silver art. Journalist and art critic Marc Couwenbergh describes the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys. The book is a wonderful introduction to a visit to the museum and offers depth to the visitor who is inspired by the exhibition. The book is available at Publisher Pictures Publishers Woudrichem and also for sale at the Silver Museum. The publication is in Dutch and English, Price € 29,95. Click here to order the book.
The Stedelijk Museum Zutphen is exhibiting Hollandia silver from Zutphen in combination with contemporary silver. The latter is to emphasize how special it is that an age-old craft has stood the test of time with flying colors and is alive and kicking.
Silver for everyone is an exhibition that invites everyone to enjoy the dazzling beauty of old and new silver. 21 contemporary silversmiths from all over the Netherlands display objects in a wide range of shapes and styles. Their work is rooted in an age-old traditional craftsmanship, but innovation and experimentation in materials and technology make their work extremely topical “of today”. On request they drew inspiration from the Zutphens Hollandia silver, which was made between 1917 and 1950 in the Hollandia Silversmederij at Hagepoortplein.
The history of this successful company is told through photographs and film images, archive material, tools and a variety of silver objects from Hollandia’s extensive catalog. It offered customers a choice from an enormously varied range of objects in “Old Dutch” style, from cocktail forks, ashtray, bonbon dishes and bread baskets to a complete coffee and tea set.
The first exhibition of Passì Gallery in Schoonhoven (NL) on its new location will take place during the last weekend of October. Objects made by Mark Alexander, Jorinda Bruggeman, Paul Derrez, Pauline Barendse & Jan Matthesius, Hitomi Hashimoto, André van Loon, Eeelco Veenman, Carsten From Andersen, Yuki Ferdinandsen and Paul de Vries will be on show.
Sarah Perkins in New Mexico is considered one of the best enamelists in the United States. She continues to amaze viewers with her superb forms, brilliant colors and stylistic surprises which include stitched seams, gemstones and unusual textures. With great technical skills, Perkins raises the silver or copper forms which then serve as a canvas (inside and out) for the extraordinary painterly surfaces she creates.
Perkins’ vessels and containers are intimate treasures that are decorative, expressive works which are both beautiful and emotive. Nature and culture often inform her designs. Recently named the 2019 Master Metalsmith, Perkins was honored with an exhibition of her work at the Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee, October 2019 thru March 2020.
London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity. This year the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.