A series of one-off rings exploring the function of jewellery.
Condenser is a series of one-off rings pretending to serve an alternative functional purpose. The jewellery explores the meaning of function in general, and specifically in relation to jewellery and tools. The jewellery is made to resemble tools and is visually perceived as such, but essentially, it is simply jewellery. The form expression has references to funnels, drinking bowls, cups, handles and bowls for collecting dew or liquids in connection with condensation etc.
Danish wood types are used in the design. The point is to demonstrate that jewellery can be much more than anonymous classics in gold with diamonds, and that the jewellery we choose to wear expresses who we are and how we want to be perceived.
Mette Saabye b. 1969, jewellery designer
In her work, Mette Saabye attempts to explore and define the meaning and function of jewellery. One of the fundamental premises of jewellery is function, but how should this be understood, and can it be defined more specifically?
She asks questions and challenges common perceptions of jewellery by examining its wide range of possible applications and various forms of inherent value. Her jewellery can be illusory, carry memories and recollections and hold material value and multiple functions. In addition, the jewellery also serves as a means of interpersonal communication.
Characteristically, Mette Saabye always operates with multiple layers of meaning. The content determines both her idiom and her choice of materials.
Mette Saabye finds it interesting to combine natural and imitated materials and to process them to enter into a logical context. She finds inspiration in her close surroundings and in art and science.
1994-1996: Institute for Precious Metals, designer and jewellery artist
1990-94: Apprenticeship with Fl. Larsen, completed training as goldsmith
1989-1990: Studies in Florence at Fuji studio goldsmith line, Technique & Design
2006: “I virkeligheden…”, solo exhibition at the Museum of Art & Design (now Designmuseum Danmark)
2005: “Use it”, Expo 2005, world exhibition in Nagoya, Japan
2002: “Ornamenta”, Charlottenborg autumn exhibition, Copenhagen
Grants and honours
2008: Sølvsmed Kay Bojesen og hustru Erna Bojesens Mindelegat
2006: Three-year scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation
2004: Biennale Prize, the Biennale for Crafts & Design
2013: Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Marseille, France
2010: Danish Arts Foundation: 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
2007: Rotasa Foundation, California