In addition to the jewelry work, Jan and Pauline's large silverware is a different story. The usual silversmithing techniques are thrown overboard: alternative techniques, materials and a different point of view are brought in.
Electroforming has been applied in various pieces of work that have been chosen for the Dutch Design exhibition in Oraniënbaum. In this way pure silver grows on a suitable surface into a fully-fledged independent workpiece. The design can now go in a completely different direction; it looks nothing like the usual hammered surface. By regularly interrupting this process and each time reviewing and correcting the shape, a special end result is created.
JUGUM (Pauline Barendse)
Photo credit: Rob Glastra, Schoonhoven
The Jugum by Pauline Barendse is a good example of this. Pauline opted for a design that most closely resembles sculpted silver. The surface resembles fracture surfaces in rocks.
Working with silver requires enormous effort (JUGUM). Not only because of the professional knowledge needed to apply the material, but also the attempt to free oneself from the burden (JUGUM) of the functional aspect.
JUG (KAN) is derived from JUGUM, Latin for burden and/or effort.
The designer is often expected to create a utensil. She has gone along with this to the extent that the jug (the Jug) does not immediately radiate usefulness. For example, there is a large hole in the middle of the jug, it seems a heavy and unmanageable thing and the lid is closed formed by a stone. Yet it is a useful jug but with a wink.
STRIP TEASE!! (Jan Matthews)
Photo credits: Fred Weegenaar, The Hague
This modest bonbon dish is made of silver strips. When filled with chocolates it becomes a real “teaser”. This piece is composed of fragile silver, which was later reinforced by means of electroforming.
MEMORY DROPS (Pauline Barendse)
Photo credits: Rob Glastra, Schoonhoven
Hollow discus shapes, made up of silver plate, but also titanium. Before the shapes are laser-welded, a precious memory is placed inside. Due to the low heat input of the laser, the contents are not damaged. The owner can place the shapes in the house or carry them with them while cherishing them. It's your own memory...
1 KILO SILVER (Jan Matthesius)
Photo credits: Jan Matthesius, Schoonhoven
A simple, semi-circular silver bowl, silver-coloured on the inside, black patinated on the outside. The edge is thinly forged into a gossamer line. The shell is supplemented with silver granules, until the total weight is 1 kilo.
ME AND MYSELF (Pauline Barendse)
Photo credits: Pauline Barendse, Schoonhoven
Me and Myself tells a story: having a party with yourself and getting along well with yourself
The object is divisible into a candlestick and a wine cup
By going on an adventure of the possibilities and impossibilities of material, technique and design, this cup was created. The material: wax is used as wax was not intended; she has taken up sculpting in this tough matter.
A surprising design was the result, which accurately reflects the atmosphere she was looking for; robust, grand, impressive as nature can be to her. This is how she experiences this during her mountain trips and in the underground world of caves. Once this form and atmosphere is achieved, it is translated into pure silver, which is inherent in the technique; growing silver on a mould. By regularly interrupting this process and paying a lot of attention to the finish, detailing and shape, the desired result is ultimately achieved. Finally, the silver is partially patinated (read blackened), in order to get the right contrast and interplay between the two shapes.
(OLIVE) SPOON (Jan matthesius)
Photo credits: Rob Glastra, Schoonhoven
A spoon composed of thin silver wire has little strength. By then reinforcing the silver wire with electroforming, a usable spoon is created. The spoon is admittedly “leaky” because of the countless openings, but this has its useful sides: scooping olives from the oil, balls from the soup, cherries from the juice