From her studio in Amsterdam, Gésine Hackenberg ((before) punches perfectly round discs from Delftware and antique ceramic bowls. The ornate, pearl-like shapes are then strung together to form necklaces or attached to metal bands for rings and earrings. In addition to the old and the new, the finished wearables are positioned next to the original tableware in order to create connections between household items that are ubiquitous in everyday life and personal decorations.
The ongoing collection, which, according to Hackenberg, was inspired by her grandmother’s pearl necklaces and the massive cupboard with porcelain dishes, shows what the designer describes as “a certain relationship” between what is worn on the body and the parts that adorn a living room and received, looks at. She says:
What one keeps and owns often contains an emotional meaning in addition to its practical function or value. Possessions, especially personal treasures, define and represent their owner. In particular, jewelry is an outward sign of values that are deeply rooted in the wearer, of what people value, what they believe in and what they want.
Because the ceramic material is incredibly fragile, Hackenberg works manually with custom tools. She has developed a thorough understanding of the drilling speeds and pressures required to remove each disc without creating too many chips or cracks. If the material is damaged during the spirited extraction process, the entire piece will be unusable.
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