Richard Van Diessen


richard van diessen

Richard van Diessen (1981) started programming at the age of 8 on a device that had less capacity than you need nowadays to store an empty word-document and has been staring at computer screens ever since. Apart from a few years when he thought he was going to be a painter, and after persuing a degree in AI at the University of Utrecht, he has always worked in tech including for one of the major jobhunting sites in the Netherlands, an agricultural startup and a microfinance service provider. He currently works on his own contraptions from his laptop in the nearest coffeeshop.

Patricia Domingues



Patricìa Correia Domingues was born in 1986 in Lisbon, Portugal. At the age of 15 she started her studies in the jewellery field and was trained as a goldsmith. In 2007 she travelled to Spain to study artistic jewellery at the Massana School in Barcelona. There she spent two years studying and a further one yearas a an exchange student at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Her final project was tutored by Professor Ramòn Puig Cuyàs. In 2013 Patricia finished a Master of Arts at the Gemstone and Jewellery Design Department, University of Trier in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, guided by Professors Theo Smeets, Ute Eitzenhöfer and Lothar Brügel. Since 2009 she has participated in collective and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and abroad. Her work has been recognized by internationally jewellery awards: New Traditional Jewellery in Amsterdam, Talente 2014 in Munich, Mari Funaki Award for emerging artist in Australia and the Young Talent Prize of the European World Crafts Council in Belgium.

Jantje Fleischhut



Jantje Fleiscchut, born in the north of Germany follows a two-years technical training at the Goldsmith school in Pforzheim before working in a studio in Hamburg. The three years in Hamburg are dominated by «form follows function» and an extreme accuracy. The following studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (BA/2000) and the Sandberg Institute (MFA/2002) in Amsterdam add an artistic content and a conceptual working method to the existing practice. Since 2002 Jantje Fleischhut has her studio in Amsterdam, where she creates unique jewellery pieces next to jewellery in edition; thinking about both keeps a vibrant workflow in the studio. Her work is shown internationally in galleries and museums. Since 2008 she teaches at the Post Industrial Design Course at the Royal Academy in The Hague and since 2014 she is part of the team at the Rietveld Academy/jewellery department.

Melanie Isverding


Melanie Isverding took her diploma from Academy of Fine Arts Munich in 2012. Isverding has since continued her jewelry practice in Munich. She is widely represented in collections such as the CODA Museum, the Apeldoorn and at the collection Spengler-SomloÌ. Since 2014 she has been working as an Assistant at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Jewelry Department, together with Prof. Daniel Kruger.

Jiro Kamata



Jiro Kamata was born in 1978 in Hirosaki, JAPAN. He studied at Yamanashi Institute of Gemology and Jewelry Art from 96-98, after that he continuing his studies at Hochschule für Gestalltung Pforzheim. Kamata studied at Academy of Fine Arts Munich under Prof.Otto Künzli and took his diploma in 2006. Kamata was the assistant to the jewelry program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 2009 - 2015. His work has been widely exhibited internationally.

Göran Kling


Göran Kling Swedish goldsmith with a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Jewellery from Konstfack in Stockholm. He is currently finishing the Master Degee CRAFT! also at Konstfack. He has worked with jewellery in diffrent ways spanding from fashion to art and education. -I have a background in traditional jewellery and an education in Jewellery Art. I work with jewellery in classical fashion through a crititical perspective. I like jewellery in its most simple form, the stereotype of jewellery. To create new value by mimicing established value is maybe the oldest trick in the game of jewellery. I like massproduced jewellery becouse it is so easally understood. The traditional devide between real jewellery and fake jewellery, based on material, makes the line between referent and reference blurry. However the concept of value in conection to aesthetics becomes vivid when only material seperates copy from original. I think about jewellery as a meme where value is understood through a collective idea around preciousness and desirability.

Benjamin Lignel



An art historian and furniture designer by training, Benjamin began designing jewelry after earning his master degree. His work has been exhibited in commercial galleries and museums worldwide. He has been involved with several projects promoting the international exhibition of contemporary jewelry since 2007. He is a member of Think Tank, A European Initiative for the Applied Arts since 2009. Lignel started contributing essays and opeds to magazines and publications in 2006. His professional endeavors have since shifted towards curatorial, editorial, and educational projects. In 2013 he became a guest teacher at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nuremberg Germany. Lignel was appointed editor of Art Jewelry Forum in January of the same year. As editor of Art Jewelry Forum he works with commission reviews, interviews and essays on contemporary jewelry with a roster of international academics and emerging writers.

Georg Lisek



Georg Lisek was born in Berlin in 1985, studied art education and art at Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden and got two diplomas in 2011 and 2015. He organized and took part in several exhibitions at home und abroad and had longer stays in China and Turkey. He now lives and works in Leipzig.

Ted Noten



Atelier Ted Noten is a design studio founded in 2005 effort based around the concepts, processes, and aesthetics of Dutch artist and designer Ted Noten. The studio embraces a contemporary form and material language that invites its audience to question the ideals of art and design, and to embrace a contemporary creative community. Atelier Ted Noten has exhibited is work in internationally in a large variety of galleries, museums, and institutions. His work blurs the boundaries between art, design, installation, and viewer interaction. Noten is an education, creator, and visionary in the field of contemporary jewelry and adornment. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Kellie Riggs



Kellie Riggs grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington State, USA. After receiving her BFA with honors in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant to study the evolution of contemporary jewelry in Italy. During this time she began her expanding her practice to writing and and visual research throughout Italy and and Europe. Her blog, Greater Than or Equal to, is an experimental space that explores the connections between jewelry and visual culture. In 2013 Riggs moved to Rome to continue with a Post­ Baccalaureate fellowship through Rhode Island School of Designs European Honors Program. In 2012 she began freelance writing for the contemporary jewelry magazine Current Obsession. Kellie Riggs has exhibited her artwork internationally. She currently resides in Florence, and continues to create contemporary art jewelry in the shared jewelry studio Officine Nora.

Atty Tantivit



Atty Tantivit is a contemporary jewelry maker, gallerists, and collector. She first was introduced to jewelry while studying Environmental Science in the USA. After receiver her MA in Marine Policies she began creating jewelry in an independent workshop in Miami, Florida. Her interest in jewelry has taken her on an international journey form the US to Europe and finally back to Asia. In 2006 she moved back to her home country of Thailand in order to focus on creating contemporary studio jewelry for a local audience. Her travels to Europe and exposure to the world of contemporary art jewelry motivated her to establish ATTA Gallery in August of 2010 ATTA (meaning «self» or «individuality» in Pali) Gallery promotes selfexpression through the medium of contemporary jewelry artists and wearers alike. Since its foundation ATTA Gallery has been focused on exhibiting contemporary jewelry artists both local and international. Atty Tantivit takes on many roles in the field of contemporary jewelry, both locally and internationally a gallery directory, a curator, an educator, a maker, a writer, a mentor, a collector, and an advocate.

Julia Walter


Julia Walter graduated as a jewellery designer from University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim, Germany in 2007. Her graduation work was honored with the Marzee Graduation Prize 2007, which eventually led to her becoming artist in residence in Amsterdam.Since 2009 Julia has based her work and family in Amsterdam, she regularly exhibits in Europe and around the world.