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I am an artist working in the field of art jewellery and I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I use various techniques and materials to explore the conceptual overlap between jewellery and (objects of) everyday life. I look at how domestic objects relate to the individual and the body. Traditions as well as classical topics of art and jewellery history serve as a main source of inspiration, while I always translate those elements to my own contemporary context.



Artist statement

One of the main themes in my work is placing ordinary utensils in the perspective of jewellery. Objects of daily use often become loved and indispensable to people. The things you keep and save often have a sentimental value apart from their practical use or monetary value. Moreover, they can be seen as a portrait of for their owner. In my work, I explore how these objects relate to the body and the individual. Wearing jewellery is the most intimate and direct form of expressing this specific relationship to an object.

As I like to investigate the boundaries of traditional jewellery, my work interacts with different disciplines and concepts.

Traditions linked to objects or jewellery, their history and the stories about them are a great source of inspiration to me. I like to reinterpret classical genres of art and jewellery history, while translating those elements to my own contemporary world.

More recently, my jewellery and objects tend to act as metaphors for mental states. Objects of everyday life and domestic materials become means to express and reflect on emotions.

I use different techniques and materials, that are telling their own stories about preciousness and adornment, like ceramics, (precious) metal, Japanese Urushi lacquer, textiles and glass. These materials usually come from intertwined themes of domesticity, table and food culture.

Sometimes, I use existing objects as raw material. In a way, I reuse and recycle material. But what’s more, I transform and redirect their message. By manipulating these items, I isolate various layers of meanings and associations, that are immanent to the shape, pattern and material of an object, in order to take on these values in my work.



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1972born in Mainz, Germany
1992-95apprenticeship as goldsmith in Wiesbaden (D)
1996-99Fachhochschule Pforzheim (D), department 'Schmuck und Gerät' (Jewellery)
1998-2001Bachelor of Arts and Design. Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL), Jewellery department
2012/2013Master of Arts. PHL, MAD-faculty, Hasselt (B), department 'Object & Jewellery'
since 2001own studio in Amsterdam
since 2003lectures, workshops and tutorials worldwide
since 2008tutor technical metalsmithing classes at Vakschool Edelsmeden, Amsterdam (NL)
2011 - 2019tutor 'Object & Jewellery', PXL-MAD School of Arts, Hasselt (B)

Public Collections

Associação Património Histórico, Caldas da Rainha (PT)
Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (D)
CODA Museum Apeldoorn (NL)
Château Borély, Musée des Arts décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille (FR)
Corning Museum of Glass, NY (USA)
Die Neuen Sammlung/The Design Museum, Munich (D)
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (NL)
Grassi Museum, Leipzig (D)
La Ville de Cagne-sur-Mer/Espace Solidor, (FR)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (USA)
Mima Middelsbrough Institute of Modern Art (UK)
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (CA)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
Museum of Arts and Design, NY (USA)
National Museums Scotland (UK)
Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven (NL)
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum Trondheim (NO)
University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht (NL)
‘Smyckoteket’, Rian Design Museum Falkenberg (S)
Röhsska Museet, Göteborg (S)
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
Victoria and Albert Museum (UK)


2022design of the Wilhelminaring 2021/22 for Lily v/d Stokker
2010stimulation grant for contemporary silver by the Stokroos Foundation and Het Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven (NL)
2008-2012Basis Grant Fonds BKVB (NL)
2006stimulation grant and commission Sieraad met een Verhaal, CODA Museum Apeldoorn (NL)
2005/06Starter’s Grant Fonds BKVB (NL)
2004/05Starter’s Grant Fonds BKVB (NL)
2003nomination Designprijs Rotterdam 2003, Rotterdam (NL)
2002Talente 2002, 1st price International Competition 2002 in Crafts, Design and Technology for Junior Craft Persons, Munich (D)


2023Schmuck 2023. Special Show of the International Trades and Crafts Fair Munich (DE)
Of Birds and Clouds. Galerie Guthschmidt, The Hague (NL). solo
Come Rain or Come Shine. Moving Things #6, together with Jeannette Jansen, Amsterdam (NL)
2022Moving Things to Belgium #5. Duo-exhibition with Jeannette Jansen, Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B)
Pépiements, Omamori et Bruissements de Roche. Galerie Vice Versa, Lausanne (CH)
2021Domus Domi. Duo-exhibition with Carolina Apononia. Galerie Beyond, Antwerp (BE)
Cold Sweat, São Roque Museum. As part of the 1st Contemporary Jewellery Biennial Lisbon, (PT)
Breakpoint. Duo-exhibition with Malvine Marchial. Pont&Plas Gent (BE)
2020Spotlight. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (BE)
'Drawer Project'. Phoebus Gallery Rotterdam (NL)
Two of a Kind. Hannah Gallery Barcelona (ES)
METALLOphone: MUSEUM. 5th International Biennial of Contemporary Metal Art. National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius (LV)
Falter not Fall. Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal (CA). solo
A House of Memories. Rian Design Museum, Falkenberg (SE).
45 Stories in Jewellery. 1947 to Now. Museum of Arts and Design, NY (USA)
2019Motion in Emotion. Galerie Beyond (B). solo
Moving Things #2. together with Jeannette Jansen, Amsterdam (NL)
paRAde. Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL)
Le Stanze del Possibile. Curated by Nichka Marobin. Hannah Gallery by Klimt02, Barcelona (ES)
Charmed, anniversary exhibition of Sienna Patti Gallery, Lenox MA (USA)
Entre Eau et Ciel: Amsterdam. 19 Paul Fort, Paris (FR)
Meister der Moderne. Special show at the International Trade Fair Munich (DE)
2018Falter not Fall. Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL). solo
Glas-Gefäß-Object. Neues Museum Nürnberg (DE)
MateriaMetamorphosis. Creativity Oggetti, Turin (IT)
Heroes. Gallery Beyond and Christian Hoedel at Munich Jewellery Week 2018 (DE)
2017Moving Things. together with Jeannette Jansen, Amsterdam (NL)
Around and About. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B). solo
The Cutlery Show. Galerie Valerie Traan in collaboration with IBU Gallery, Paris (FR)
2016Around and About. Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL). solo
Weiße Porzellankunst. Galerie Biró Junior, München (D)
Chain. Gallery S O, London (UK)
At Your Service. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (USA)
2015European Prize for Applied Arts. WCC-BF, Mons (B)
To Recover. Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona (E)
Koru5. 5th Triennial on Contemporary Jewellery. Imatra Art Museum, Imatra (Fi)
Pheromone. Ah-Won Gallery, Seoul (KOR)
2014/15Daily Delicious. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B). solo
Daily Delicious. Feast of Today. Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona (E). solo
2014Différence et Répétition. Galerie NextLevel, Paris (FR)
Pronkstukken, de mooiste sieraden van hedendaagse ontwerpers. Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem (NL)
2013Daily Delicious. Galerie ViceVersa, Lausanne, (CH). solo
Blue and White and others. Sienna Gallery, Lenox (USA). solo
Daily Delicious. Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL). solo
Hand Made: Long Live Crafts. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
New Blue White. Museum of Fine Arts Boston (USA)
Below Sea Level. Jewellery from the Netherlands. Galeri Format, Oslo (NO)
2012Still Lifes. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B). solo
Un peu de terre sur la peau…. CODA Museum Apeldoorn (NL) and Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (FR)
Koru4. 4th Triennial on Contemporary Jewellery. Imatra Art Museum, Imatra (Fi)
The Decorative Impulse. Villa Terrace Museum , Milwaukee WI (USA)
2011Ich lieb’ dich nur aus Narretei/I love you only in folly, together with Mirjam Hiller and Constanze Schreiber. Galerie Rosemarie Jäger, Hochheim (D)
Ontketend/ Jewellery Unleashed. Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem (NL)
Thing Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Permanenten The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen (NO)
Materials Revisted: 10th Triennial for Form and Content. Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (D)
A Bit of Clay on the Skin. New Ceramic Jewellery. Museum of Arts and Design, NY (USA)
2010Pièces de Milieu. Presentation of the result of the stimulation scholarship for contemporary silver by the Stokroos Foundation, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven (NL). solo
Still Lifes. Sienna Gallery, Lenox MA (USA). solo
Un peu de terre sur la peau. Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud, Limoges (FR)
Schmuck 2010. Special Show of the 62nd International Trade Fair Munich (D)
2009Still Lifes. Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL). solo
DELUX strikes a pose, Redlight Design in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Skill. Think Tank. Galleria Norsu, Helsinki (F)
Collect (fair), presented by Galerie Ra, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK)
2008Red Light Design Amsterdam (NL)
Triennale Européenne du Bijou Contemporain. WCC BF, Mons (B)
2007/2008Golden Clogs, Dutch Mountains. Traveling exhibition USA and Canada.
2007pars pro toto. Klimt02 Gallery, Barcelona (E). solo
Entity/Identity. The Beijing Series. Stedelijk Museum ´s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
2006Double Life. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B). solo
Chuchichäschtligeplauder oder wie man Andenken bewahrt. Galerie Beatrice Lang, Bern (CH). solo
Sieraden met een Verhaal. Presentation of a museum commission at the CODA Museum Apeldoorn (NL)
The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2005, Kanazawa a Wajima (J)
2005In-Corpore, 4ieme Biennale du Bijou Contemporain de Nîmes. Nîmes (FR)
Inspired by nature? Galerie Platina at Berianska Botanical Garden, Stockholm (S)
2004Somethings, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL). solo
Metallic Yellow. Gold for Robert Smit. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
2002Het paradijs ligt op de keukentafel. Galerie Pont&Plas, Gent (B). solo


2022PIN – Associaçao Portuguesa de Joalharia Contemporanea; Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa/Museu de Sao Roque; a.o. (ed.): Cold Sweat / Suor Frio. Lusoimpress – Offset & Digital, Lda, 2022
2021Sara Morris: Ware / Wear. In: MAD New York and Barbara Paris Gifford (ed.): Jewelry Stories. Highlights from the Collection 1947 – 2019. Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2021
> see pdf
2019 Sara Barnes: Artist Drills into Antique Ceramics to Transform Them into Exquisite Pieces of Jewelry., March 21, 2019
2017Marrian Enserink: Pronken met het alledaagse leven. In Fjoezzz 3/2017 > see pdf
2016Reinhold Ludwig: Aus dem Vollen schöpfen. In: Art Aurea, volume 25, spring 2016 > see pdf
2014Monika Auch: Oneindig lang houdbaar groente en fruit. De groente-en fruit-
sieraden van Gésine Hackenberg. kM-Magazine 90, June 2014 see pdf
2013Bella Neyman: Gésine Hackenberg: Girl with a Ceramic Earring. On:
2011Jorunn Veiteberg: Thing Tang Trash. Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Catalogue. Bergen National Academy of the Arts, 2011
> see pdf
2009Maartje de Gruyter: Wiijnglas wordt sieraad. in: Het Parool, 31/08/2009 (NL)
2002Home Made Holland. How Craft and Design mix. Crafts Council Gallery London. Catalogue, London, 2002 > see pdf

Evelien Bracke: Nature Morte – tableau vivant. On the still life’s of things. > see pdf

Maria Barnas: Bord in Scherven. In: De Groene Amsterdammer, 14/5/2002 (NL) > see pdf