I've had the shop open for a little month now and christmas time is sneaking up on us. As usual I have designed a new glittering thing for the tree, but as of the 200% raise in the price of silver, I have only pressed the little red production button and not the big one. If you want to be sure that grandma gets a deco from her favorite designer, feel free to place an order a few days before you need it. Here's the snowflakes from earlier years - if you would like to see the new ones you need to stop by at the shop in Møntergade 14.
In the middle of a worldwide economic crisis some might say that it is absolutely not the right time to open a new shop presenting luxury goods. Oh well, I'll be happily naive and go ahead anyway, because I actually believe it is a perfect time.
A wise colleague of mine often say that 'There is always a need for skilled people'. I keep playing that mantra on my internal player while I keep calm and believe that it's the right thing to do.
I am a craftsman and designer and therefore I can create objects with my hands and I posses the skills of innovation and creativity much valued for the future of f.ex. the Danish production industry.
I can take a piece of material, use my hammer on it and create some value or I can draw a design on my computer, 3d print it, make it a prototype and thereby take the first step towards a larger production.
I know that it's a drop in the ocean and that I sound a bit like some famous egg-selling lady, but I just love that my metier is so simple that I, by combining new technologies with traditional manufacturing techniques, creativity and good old craftsmanship, can create something valuable out of a piece of raw material.
I'm very happy to announce that in very short time I'll be back in my good old neighborhood in the centre of Copenhagen, as a matter of fact I'll be back in my old shop at Møntergade 14. I have had a hectic two year period full of changes both in my private and in my professional life, and I have become aware of how important it is to have a cosy nest in order to develop new work and be visible to the people who need it. After a long period of 'househunting' for a new platform for my business, I was lucky that Møntergade 14 was available for rent. Now I'm looking forward to open my very own shop, workshop and design studio, offering private and companies good design, desirable objects and various 3d-services. I can't wait to see you there.
I was asked to make a choker for a jewelry exhibition. A choker is a necklace that is very tight around the neck and often very nasty to wear. It comes into fashion every now and then but never seem to hang around for long. Possibly because it isn't as nice to wear as the very popular sautoir.
Finding it very hard to create such a piece I decided to make a very thin line of silver at the front of the neck and from that; a drop of silver that runs down the back and possibly send shivers down your spine, which is why it's called 'Koldt ned ad ryggen'
I'm pleased with the result that can be seen next weekend with lots of other chokers, at the yearly get-togeather of trades people within the gold and silver industry in Denmark, in Bellacenter. After that It'll be on display at the SAS-hotel at Vesterport.
No no no, not yet!!!! It's only the beginning of August and we've just survived a very rainy July. I've always loved the month of August; being revitalized upon a good long summer holiday and thrilled about the beginning of something new. Enjoying the long warm lazy afternoons in the mild sun, hoping for a round of indian summer. Lots of fine weddings that has to be held before the nordic nature again turn cold and harsh. Plums and pears and lots of ice cream...ohhh yes, ice cream... I've made this ice cream spoon for carrying in your pocket so you don't have to use the colourfull plastic ones you get at ice cream bars. They are simply too small and too plasticky!
Ever since I was a child, I’ve spend my summer holidays in the beautiful island of Bornholm; a magical place where the sea is very blue, the smoke houses can make silver into gold and the churches are round. I never really noticed the details of the round church of Østerlars as it has just become an iconic image of tourism in Bornholm. But after digging into it and working with the model here, I’ve been intrigued by the interaction between the strict geometrical shapes and the randomness of the supporting pillars.
When the pendant is worn, it looks more like a rocket than a round church, but who knows, maybe rockets will be the next icon for Bornholm.
'Østerlars', Sterling silver, Kr. 1200.-, Photo: Camilla Hey
Kjøbenhavns Guldsmedelaug - the Guild of Goldsmiths in Copenhagen - has its origin in 1429 and is by that the oldest guild of craftsmen in the world. The long and proud tradition of craftsmanship is being shown in an exhibition in Mons, Belgium where a number of silversmiths and jewelers are showing some of their best work and their take on applied arts for a new era. For this exhibition I have made a new series of pitchers in sterling silver, challenging the differences between a vase and a pouring vessel.
If you stop by Mons during the summer, you can have a look at the show at the World Crafts Councils gallery at Rue de La Trouille in Mons from the 20th of may till the 14th of august.
Just yesterday I returned from London where I visited ‘Collect’; a major exhibition of some of the best applied arts represented by some of the best galleries from all over Europe.
Seeing so much great work in such short time is so overwhelming that it takes some time to digest.
However one thing keeps coming back to me as it is an issue that I feel strongly about; The uncritical use of rp-materials in the exhibited pieces. I have to admit that I was disappointed to see good people using a material, that for me is only sketch-up material or prototype stuff. What could have been great pieces ended up as dull white resin, showing a lack of an individual expression.
The fascination of new technology should never compromise the overall quality of a piece of work, and I hope the use of a great but not-quite-there-yet-material will find it’s way out, as more and more artists find their own ways of combining available techniques.
For this exhibition I stuck to traditional time consuming hammering techniques using plain and simple silver. The result can be seen at the Scottish Gallery next month.
Sometimes I make something other than spoons. MuMu-Land is an exclusive jewelry collection that consists of a series of unique and stylish shapes in silver and gold, which together constitute an imaginative universe that offers much more than just jewelry.
MuMu-Land has many recognizable references to our lives, and the name was inspired by ‘Mu’ or ‘Lemuria’ which according to the myths are a missing civilization in which people lived in peace with each other.
My idea behind the creation of MuMu-Land was to examine how little to be added to a simple geometric shape so that it becomes recognizable and have character. A snout and a pair of ears is enough for us to recognize rabbit, dog, cat or any other lovable animals that the jewelry collection consists of. MuMu-Land is for both children and adults and the figures are made in many different designs and sizes. At the moment there are ten different characters but the universe expands and entirely new products are soon to come.
The exclusive jewelry in MuMu-Land series is manufactured in Denmark and is stamped with the applicable rules and of course contains no allergenic metals. "The stylish and thoughtful design, and in particular the quality of the finished product has always been the most important thing for me. The pieces are cast in pure sterling silver and 18 carat gold and finally processed by hand. Some designs are made only in limited editions, some even only in one copy, so you must check the website regularly.
The world of the new millennium is on 'fast forward'. The multi media culture offers a huge number of entertainment possibilities, an extreme amount of visual influence and a six-lane information highway and owing to a highly developed mobile technology and fast Internet access, everybody is 'online' and 'in touch' wherever they go. As an intelligible reaction towards this bombardment of information and the increasing demand of personal availability, people tend to turn their homes into safe shelters; a tendency recognised as 'cocooning'. Time to oneself has become a luxury, and soft values such as intimacy, veracity and authenticity is highly esteemed within the domestic space.
In the field of foods and drinks, I find that cocooning is recognised in the increasing interest in comfort foods and drinks. One of the most well known is the hot drink 'Café Latte', a milk based coffee drink, but also 'chai latte', 'frappuchino' and various fruit smoothies are popular comfort drinks. Common to these drinks is that they, due to their size, often are served in tall glasses where the long spoon comes in handy. The spoon is mainly used for stirring, but also for enjoying the milk froth or even just as a decorative accessory. This tendency of enjoying comfort drinks within the domestic environment, alone or most likely with a partner or close friend, was the rationale for designing a long silver spoon.
For those of you who are a little confused about my whereabouts, I can explain that I have once again moved my hammers and all my other heavy tools to a new workshop. This time I had to say goodbye to the lovely ladies at Iron Inc. because I am a really noisy silversmith. And for the time being I can be found among other noisy silversmiths in the workshop Okker Otte at Kastelsvej 27, Østerbro.
All this moving around might seem very confusing to you, but I promise to keep you posted whenever I move on to another campsite.
I am a passionate designer and silversmith based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Spoons are my passion and I hope I can share my fascination of a simple object that we all know very well and use almost every day; the spoon.
Please enjoy a peek into my world of silver, design, technology, craftmanship, fine ideas and challenging projects.