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Ruudt Peters

Ruudt Peters Jewellery maker
Contact
Dutch, English, German
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+31 650293293
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Art, philosophy and the body

  • • Ruudt is interested in alchemy, history and religion
  • • It is important to him that objects have a meaning
  • • He was nominated for the Loewe Craft Prize 2019

Amsterdam based Ruudt Peters crafts contemporary jewellery with traditional techniques. He calls himself a maker but, he explains, “I realise that I am an artist, because there is a lot of depth and meaning in my work; it’s not just a nice piece on the surface.” He says he is not interested in decorating the body, but rather in the way in which his thoughts about how he perceives the world and his philosophy on life are reflected in the pieces he makes. “That’s what I like about jewellery, because I don’t make art that hangs on a wall; people have to walk in the street wearing my creations, and in this sense the people themselves become a walking showcase.” Ruudt's works are sold in galleries in Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, New York and Antwerp.

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Works

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Suctus Succió

Looking at the hollow forms of Ruudt’s brooches, a question arises – what is more important, the vessel or the space inside the vessel? Our life from birth to death is intertwined with various vessels, shells and nests, but the principle remains the same: there’s something that holds and something that is held, an interior and an exterior, a keeper and a dissolver, a separator and the separated.

Length 9 cm
Width 3.2 cm
Height 5 cm

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Suctus Sesanje

The Suctus series of brooches explores the notion of suction, the absorption of light into the handmade piece of jewellery. The form of this brooch has been designed to capture light, while the amber stone is set to reflect light and tones onto the interior walls of the brooch, as well as concentrate light on the bottom surface.

Length 8.5 cm
Width 4.5 cm
Height 3 cm

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Corpus Costa

Ruudt is a craftsman and designer who likes to produce a completely new series every year. His talent lies in his ability to combine intelligence with emotion to create an explosively effective mix. This brooch, a matt grey body of Christ sliced in two, tells the story of aloneness, exploring how martyrdom can liberate humankind but in a sense we all die alone. The half bodies seem to desperately embrace one another, a gripping symbol for the understanding that consolation and help can only come from within.

Length 13 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 3.5 cm

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Ma Sielu

As with many of Ruudt’s works, Ma Sielu functions both as a piece of jewellery and as an instrument for self-reflection. We find a reflective pool, a space and dimension within the surface of this brooch – something you see but cannot reach.

Length 14.2 cm
Width 14.2 cm
Height 0.8 cm

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