Why did you want to be a silversmith?
I always loved the process of making things with my own hands from beginning to end, and the meditative effect this has on my mind. My choice was between becoming a pianist or a silversmith. I chose craft, but I still love to get inspiration from music.
What features characterise your work?
I love to work with structures, textures and sometimes pagination. I like the play between matt and shiny parts, the contrast between open and closed areas. My bowls are made using traditional techniques such as raising, sawing and drilling, but applied in a modern way.
© Fred Weegnaar
What inspires your work?
I translate the breathing and transient beauty of nature into fragile, transparent objects in which patterns of leaves, branches and diatoms appear. At the very start, I found out that my free jewellery works had a monumental, architectural character.
What do you love most about life as a silversmith?
The repetitive act of raising, drilling and sawing gives me mental peace: it has a healing, calming and meditative effect on me. Concentrating on the thing I am doing makes me forget about the rest of the world and enjoy being in a state of “timelessness”.