Central to Christel van der Laan’s practice is a love of materials and how they can be transformed into poetic jewellery objects.
Born in the Netherlands, she has mostly lived and worked in Perth, Western Australia since 1981.
Since 2008, she has worked with ceramic honeycomb, a refractory material on the jeweller’s workbench. An avid collector of all manner of things since childhood, Christel searches for carefully considered relationships between sometimes disparate elements, with the intrinsic qualities of the materials as her starting point. Placed together, the mundane, the discarded and the overlooked invite the viewer and wearer to discover and value jewellery in a new way.
“I love the intimacy of making small scale jewellery objects but I also enjoy designing interiors. When the elements of form, colour, texture, scale and contrast come together to create something that fills you with complete joy every time you look at it, it is a special moment. For a perfectionist like me, I have to have this feeling in order to finish a piece.”
Christel’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Switzerland; the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney; the Art Gallery of South Australia; and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
She is a member of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Western Australia.
Christel welcomes commissions. You can find her work online and at Stanley Street Gallery in Sydney.