by Jan-Peter on May 21, 2011

As so often happens with good intentions  is that determination alone is not enough to get a blog going. But running a shop and making products always get priority and so the blog suffers as an abandoned child.  Never the less I will try to become more frequent to get some stuff up.

Here in Japan we are still recovering from the after effects of the big quake, tsunami and heavily damaged power plants. It reflects especially on the economy overall and  the ‘luxury’ market in particular. I have come to realize how less we are are actually aware of the chain effect occurrences as these have on everything around us. But despite everything that is going on people try to make the best of it. What has been most amazing is the will and flexibility of the Japanese people and how much they are willing to share.

Today I had the pleasure to meet with Mr. Yosuke Inoue, a jeweller and metal artist, who besides being teacher, also shows his love for metals in his work. I shared his idea that there are no real trade secrets and that he is is very willing to share his skills with others. It is only through sharing know-how that we can grow as artists. At the same time it is also our challenge, as an artist, to come up with original ideas while implementing this shared know-how.

I hope to be able to share some of my thoughts and skills, if any, and that we, that means you as readers and I, may share some  ideas or inspiration. For me inspiration can be found in many kinds of sources. As a biologist of origin, it is obvious that nature is one of those, but so are architectural constructions. And most importantly Google earth and the like. Working with Niobium means that colours and structures are of primary importance for me and when you look to our beautiful planet from above, you would understand exactly what I mean. Here is some work that expresses those impressions for me.

Silver, 18K YG, sponge coral and Jasper

Niobium ring on lily




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by Jan-Peter on February 27, 2011

Ever since I saw an article in Lapidary Journal about Niobium I wanted to work with it. Now, I have been working with Niobium for about five or six years. Still, I think it is a most interesting material to work with. Because of its high malleability it can be used for so many applications: rolling, stamping, forming…

It also has its limitations, which often challenges for innovation. When applying colours through anodising you will realise that the colour pallet is limited and that especially red and dark green are the absentees. An other limitation is that colours can not be mixed. But I found ways to create the suggestion that two or three colours are mixed by using structuring and the refraction of the metal changes because of this.

Niobium, Amethyst, Turquoise. Aventurine

Niobium, Amethyst, Turquoise. Aventurine

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