What are your influences and inspirations?
Christer: My main inspiration has been the great tradition of exquisite jewellery from the Renaissance, the Baroque era and Neoclassicism, and even jewellery objects from the 19th century. Also western classical art themes, philosophy and religious traditions.
How did you become a master?
Lena: I was trained by my husband. Initially, brilliant enamel colours aroused my curiosity. But today I often use grey titanium in combination with white silver in my works. The path from a colourful expression to an almost colourless one has been long and embellished with discoveries.
© Lena Bergestad Jonsson
What are your specialisations?
Christer: In silversmithing, raising hollow-ware objects from a flat metal plate and repoussé chasing. In jewellery, the making of traditional objects as well as objects of my own free design in silver, gold, platinum, titanium and niobium. I am also specialised in some classical enamel techniques.
How would you define something that is well made?
Lena: When a piece of work expresses the artisan’s or designer’s idea and skill. The metals and their techniques demand a person with a big sense of precision and a lot of patience. They do not let you play and improvise without knowing their properties.