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Karen Pontoppidan

Karen Pontoppidan

Any object made by human hands is made to serve a human need. Our needs can be of a practical or a spiritual nature and for many objects both categories are applicable. In the examination work of the Ädellab students, the practical function of the objects is only one of the human needs explored, and for some pieces it is not the most visible one. Moreover, the work has to be seen as an investigation into the different meanings of objects, and ultimately, into the different needs of human beings. We must continue to redefine the nature of our art. Looking at the work of the 15 students graduating from our program this year, you will discover a vibrant and diverse discussion within the art of jewellery and corpus.

An object reveals its true spirit when it is used. A bowl unfilled, is a suggestion. You can take it with you, place it in your home and fill it with fruits, nuts or memories… The inside space defined by the bowl is an option, containing all there is to be found within your imagination.

A piece of jewellery unworn is also a suggestion. Jewellery is applied art but it is not based on a practical function. Unlike other crafts, it does not originate in the need to contain or to protect – unless you choose to understand these words in a spiritual sense. Similar to the corpus pieces, the jewellery is a proposal and it is for you to rouse the piece by imagining wearing it.

Exhibiting objects made for use is observing sleeping beauty. Objects are physical and sensual; and in human hands an object will attain fulfilment.

Karen Pontoppidan, Visiting professor of Metal and Jewellery Art