MEET YOUR MAKER : Gésine Hackenberg

Recently featured on, thisiscolossal and mymodernmet artist GÉSINE HACKENBERG creates ceramic jewelry extracted from secondhand plates and other pieces of dish ware.

Beauty is something that I can connect with. I really like things that are made to last, this includes authenticity, cleverness and craftsmanship.

Gesine Hackenbergvia Manufactured Design By Architects

text extracted from article by mymodernmet’s Sara Barnes:

‘Artist Gésine Hackenberg transforms ceramic plates, bowls, and dishes into exquisite pieces of jewelry. Using dinnerware as her raw material, she extracts small discs from them and strings them together like beads or inlays them among metal for earrings and rings. Hackenberg tends to focus on the decorative part of a plate or bowl, such as popular Delft patterns, which results in colorful and unassuming pieces of wearable art. If you didn’t know the story behind this ceramic jewelry, you’d never realize they were once used for enjoying a tasty meal.

Hackenberg’s work is a reframing of ordinary objects into the perspective of jewelry. “Coming from a goldsmithing background,” she says, “I think I got… kind of bored working within the classic parameters of ‘jewelry.’ ” This is when she began experimenting with materials, in both a conceptual and physical sense. By changing the context of where we see the earthenware, Hackenberg is giving it a new and unexpected existence. In cutting up the dishes, she is putting a twist on what’s possible for beading.

Hackenberg’s plates and bowls come from secondhand shops. After she’s selected the pieces she’ll use for her jewelry, she uses a manual drilling machine to form the beads, or as she calls them, “pearls.” Once the extraction is done, the small elements are then arranged into wearable pieces. They are never fully divorced from the source, however. When not being worn, the art jewelry is meant to be near the dishes with holes punched in them.

A basic theme in my work is placing ordinary objects of use in the perspective of jewellery. Objects of daily use often become intimately important and indispensable to people. What one keeps and owns, often contains an emotional value next to its practical function or worth. Moreover, it can be seen as a representation of its owner.

Gesine Hackenbergvia treehugger
Gésine Hackenberg, born in Germany, currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Trained as a goldsmith in Germany she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and earned her MA from the PXL-MAD in Hasselt, Belgium, where she is currently teaching. Gésine has received multiple grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, among other awards. Gésine’s work is included in the collections of the CODA Museum Apeldoorn, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (USA), Museum of Arts and Design, NY (USA), National Museums Scotland, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum among others.