Karin van Paassen

Published: 29.10.2021


I am a driven individual who organized dozens of projects as a curator. I have a broad interest in art, design, fashion and of course people behind their works. I like complicated challenges. I love to design and make Jewellery and I learn new skills every day. I want to become more successful with my black porcelain jewellery and strive for the highest level. Working with my hands to make jewellery and working as a curator in demanding and complicated projects at the same time, are both talents that I keep developing. Working in teams and in a leadership role suits me well. I think that my style of making bigger jewellery and body-related objects gives me a lot of opportunities for the future!


I had a lifelong passion for jewellery. I am an avid collector of ethnic jewellery. Most of which I discovered during my extensive travels.
I am fascinated by the significance of jewellery in different cultures, the surprising use of unconventional materials, the lavishly opulent decorations and the power, which is often attributed to jewellery.

As a curator, I organised many projects and exhibitions integrating ethnic jewellery collections, combined with contemporary jewellery.
I have been a curator and cultural entrepreneur since 1979. I have organised numerous exhibitions, lectures, fairs, shows, art trails etc. for cultural organisations and museums in the Netherlands and abroad. I developed concepts and executes projects in the areas of design and fashion and jewellery. I am particularly drawn towards projects with requiring an interdisciplinary approach. I have undertaken workshops and given lectures at Technical Schools and Universities in the Netherlands and abroad. I am also a member of various Boards and Commissions. Together with Lulu Fan I founded Blendix Design, meant for Dutch / Chinese design projects in China and in the Netherlands.

For a number of years, I have been designing porcelain jewellery and objects, incorporating predominantly natural materials as well as searching for new forms and applications, wearable jewelry and body-related objects. I have always feel attracted to porcelain, mainly black.

I found out that I could find everything I needed in Jingdezhen, the most important porcelain city of China. Porcelain gives me the opportunity to tell stories through my jewellery by combining porcelain with beads and charms I collected all over the world. Sometimes the story arises while I work with the clay. With porcelain, I can create any form I like. I make wearable jewellery and more and more monumental works, that cover the back and the front of the body. Every jewel is unique. I never make the same jewel two times. Of course, the jewellery in a collection are strongly related to each other, but still they are unique.

> TiNik: Catalogue of Karin van Paassen's jewellery brand

> OriGiN: Catalogue of Karin van Paassen's Porcelain jewellery


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Exhibition  29 Jul 2023 - 27 Aug 2023  Karin van Paassen at Open Stal.
Exhibition  15 Jun 2023 - 27 Aug 2023  XXL International exhibition of jewellery and adornments.
Exhibition  20 May 2022 - 22 May 2022  Jewel Rotterdam 2022.
Exhibition  05 Feb 2022 - 22 May 2022  Ladeproject.
Galerie Phoebus Rotterdam
Exhibition  07 Mar 2021 - 30 May 2021  Keramiek Triënnale 2021.
Exhibition  02 Oct 2019 - 12 Jan 2020  Meeting the Future: International Exhibition for Contemporary Art.
Exhibition  01 Sep 2019 - 24 Sep 2019  Shining on the Stage. Dutch Spirit.
Exhibition  06 May 2019 - 13 May 2019  The Unity by Karin van Paassen, Mujun Liu and Huiyu Yan.
Exhibition  03 Sep 2017 - 05 Nov 2017  Gris Gris. Modern Traditions in Jewellery Design.

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Catalogue:  Keramiek Triënnale. CODA Museum:  Apeldoorn, the Netherlands,  2021
Catalogue:  Meeting the Future. SxV Museum of Modern Art:  Qingdao, China,  2019