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How many materials are there in the world?

How many of them can you use to create jewellery?

How many ways are there to change them and create what you have envisioned?

And how many of us actually see what’s right there under our very noses?

In 2008, I discovered that the most precious material of them all, had been quietly sitting in front of me on my soldering bench. Ceramic honeycomb block is better known for its ability to distribute heat during soldering to the thousands who use it, rather than a prized element in a piece of jewellery. Pure, white and hol(e)y I never cease to be captivated by the extraordinary beauty of this material and the endless possibilities it presents.Christel van der Laan

In late 2011, I was fortunate to receive a New Work Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and a Development Grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts (Western Australia) to spend time researching and developing new work.  Central to the project is the extension of the use of carved ceramic honeycomb block in my work. The grants have enabled me to concentrate on the spontaneous exploration of materials and processes with an emphasis on creating small informal compositions and components that will only later be combined with others into complete works.Christel van der Laan

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Christel van der Laan – “Anemone” (2012). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block

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Christen van der Laan – “Holier Than Thou” (2011). Brooch: ceramic honeycomb block, painted silver, microgeodes

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Christel van der Laan – “Holy Smoke” (2010). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block, old clay pipe

Christel van der Laan - "Holier Than Thou" (2009). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block

Christel van der Laan – “Holier Than Thou” (2009). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block

Christel van der Laan - "Holier Than Thou" (2009). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block, micro-geode agates, gold

Christel van der Laan – “Holier Than Thou” (2009). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block, micro-geode agates, gold

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Christel van der Laan – “Bug” (2011). Brooch: painted silver, ceramic honeycomb block, micro-geode agates, electrical part

Christel van der Laan - "Wholeheartedly" (2011). Ring:  carved ceramic honeycomb block, gold

Christel van der Laan – “Wholeheartedly” (2011). Ring: carved ceramic honeycomb block, gold

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