Matter is the starting point, but when creating everything happens simultaneously: idea, form, material ... It is expected that you can explain that, but I’d rather not disturb the mystery too much. I think matter can be very inspirational, in the sense of what is this, where does it come from, how is it formed, what types exist, within which tradition was it developed or used... I find the process to be the most important, the result follows.
My name 'Peter' or 'Petros' means ‘rock’. My father was a sculptor and as a child I smashed and hammered the 'briquaillion' to see if there were crystals or fossils inside. I find contemplating on how rocks are formed to be quite inspiring in trying to master the processes needed to make my own work. I am searching for the balance between the interesting and the beautiful, I am not too sure if I succeed but it’s worth trying.
The answer lies in the making
Making things is profoundly human, creating with our hands is what distincts us from other mammals. When I'm working I experience a deep sense of connection with my close and distant ancestors. Craftsmanship is important but it should serve as a part of the language that you use to tell the story. 'Hic et nunc' is a motto written on the mirror in my studio, here I am and this is what I make today.
Born in Nieuwopoort (BE) 1969
Since 1994 living and working as a jewellery artist in Antwerpen (BE)
Since 2013 jewellery teacher in Brussels
2008 Migration in Jewellery in migration Seneffe Triënnale Européenne du bijou contemporain Mons Plastic Prijs voor vormgeving van de stad Mechelen 2 X 10 Antwerpen
BJOux, a jazz-jewellery project Antwerpen Gent Brussel Design Verpakt Brussel
2009 De Meesters III Hasselt Beelden en Juwelen op den Ijzerenberg Winksele-Leuven
Lingam Stockholm Utrecht Ringvormen Zwevegem A Shape of Strange Antwerpen
2010 Let’s Stick together Brussel Istanbul Vierjaarlijkse prijs voor Kunstambachten Brugge
Lingam WCC-BF Mons Stone I Am Antwerpen Wildsmuk/Bijou Sauvage Brussel Design Bazaar Eindhoven
2011 I’m sorry, there’s no title Munich Holy Munich Matters of Life and Death Bradford
Triënnale Européenne du bijou contemporain Mons
2012 Murmuration Munich I am sorry, there’s no group Munich Materie & Meesterschap Antwerpen Freestyle Atomics en Molecular Modifications Antwerpen
Expo Jewel Book Mons Tournament Winner Antwerpen
2013 Reframed Wonderwall, Pseudomorphic Projections, Reverend RT Ampee’s Pillow Pictures & Erotic Insigniae Munich Amber Workshop Polen
2014 Collectomaniacalicity Munich Stone I Am 2 Lampernisse
2015 Tweex 3 Watermal-Boitsfort Adansonia Digitata Munich Magnification Reframed Idar-Oberstein