Karin van Paassen
Karin has had a lifelong passion for jewellery. She is an avid collector of ethnic jewellery. Most of which she discovers during her extensive travels. She is fascinated by the significance of jewellery in different cultures, the surprising use of unconventional materials, the lavishly opulent decorations and the power which is often attributed to jewellery. As a curator Karin has organized many projects and exhibitions integrating ethnic jewellery collections, combined with contemporary jewellery. For a number of years Karin has been designing jewellery and objects, incorporating predominantly natural materials as well as searching for new forms and applications.
The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen is an International Ceramics Center which focuses on the development and enrichment of ceramics in China and abroad. In 2017 Karin worked on a collection of black porcelain necklaces in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China. Although the collection is partly inspired by China it also consists of antique ethnic charms from a diverse range of cultures. This, in combination with the porcelain charms, has resulted in a harmonious collection in muted color tones.