Philip Sajet has always been one of my favorite contemporary jewelers. In my opinion he mixes fine jewelry with contemporary jewelry, creating exquisitely crafted, wearable yet unusual works of art. He uses the traditional diamond motif throughout a lot of his works, but uses rough cut stones or even metal to fabricate this motif. Sajet also uses more unusual materials such as horn, shell or bone in his works. Another thing I love, he never fails to incorporate findings such as clasps or other connections into the design. In the necklaces above, you can barely even notice the clasp is there! I have always thought that focusing on the small details is what makes one a good designer or maker, and Philip Sajet certainly has that down pat.
My first contact with Philip Sajet was this summer when I e-mailed him about a possible internship in Amsterdam at his studio. Little did I know he currently works in the South of France. He was kind enough to put me in contact with Gésine Hackenberg, whom I am assisting in her atelier currently, and gave me a recommendation. I am so grateful for his generosity for helping me get set up with Gésine. I guess thats how things are done in Europe!
This weekend Philip was in Amsterdam and contacted Gésine to use her rolling mill to mill some gold. This seemed like a great opportunity for us to meet, so I joined them at the atelier. He brought along his daughter Nina who also worked for Gésine years ago (I will do a separate post about Nina soon). I watched him roll out his six to seven ingots of gold using the same torch and mill I have used. He told me he was going to use that gold to make some locks (I think clasps). I have a huge desire to work with this material, and he said that if you can work with silver, gold is even easier. He said he likes to use the comparison of running in sand - thats like working in silver, then after if you run on pavement - thats like working in gold. I mentioned how if I could afford gold, no doubt I already would have known this! He also said that silver is cheap, just use that. That comment made me laugh actually, because I don’t think silver is cheap either! But hey, when you compare the two, silver is within reach.
My adventure in Amsterdam has taught me so much, and I probably wouldn’t have learned any of it had I not met a lot of these artists I’m writing about on this blog. if there is an artist or person whose work you admire, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask them questions. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
Images courtesy of http://current-obsession.com/Philip-Sajet
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