Lucy Sarneel

Published: 09.07.2017


Lucy Sarneel, 1961-2020, Maastricht, Netherlands. Studied jewellery at Stadsakademie Maastricht (NL) and at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam (NL) with Onno Boekhoudt. Since 2015 she is tutor of the 2nd year Master of Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School  Florence, Italy. Her works are represented in galleries at Netherlands, Australia, USA, Thailand, China and Spain.


My work arises from the field of tension between the inspiring past and the untouchable present that is created by traditions and spiritual, symbolic values.
For some time my work has developed towards the idea of a jewel considered as a power-object and patron, as a counterpart of the high-tech, time-efficient, money-ruled world we live in.

The “carrying material“ of my work is zinc, representing the blue-grey sky and sea, the subconscious, dreaming away in the distance, the reassuring domestic world of rainpipes, buckets and washtubs, architectural "jewels" like little towers and dormer windows in old European cities and the protective quality of preventing steel from rusting.

I am looking for fields of tension, both in form and material as a metaphor for life in the quest for balance between forces which we are governed by.


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Exhibition  08 Oct 2023 - 14 Jan 2024  Soulmates. Jelle Kampen and Lucy Sarneel.
Exhibition  08 Aug 2020 - 06 Sep 2020  ArtWear.
Lectures  17 Oct 2018 - 17 Oct 2018  Hang on to a Jewel. A lecture by Lucy Sarneel.
Exhibition  05 Aug 2018 - 28 Oct 2018  Rough & Raw: A selection from the Coda Museum.
Meeting  25 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017  Parcours Bijoux 2017.
Lectures  26 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017  Lecture & Workshop by Lucy Sarneel at CODA.
Exhibition  15 Jan 2017 - 09 Apr 2017  Private territory in public by Lucy Sarneel.
Workshop  19 Nov 2015 - 23 Nov 2015  Wonder. A workshop by Lucy Sarneel.
Exhibition  24 Jan 2015 - 22 Feb 2015  Windmill Mindblows by Lucy Sarneel.
Workshop  11 Aug 2014 - 30 Aug 2014  Lucy Sarneel: A ring is not just a thing.
Exhibition  11 Feb 2014 - 08 Mar 2014  2 Minds 4 Hands by Lucy Sarneel & Manon van Kouswijk.
Workshop  22 Jul 2013 - 10 Aug 2013  Lucy Sarneel: Treasures of Imagination.

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Book:  Lucy Sarneel. Private Territory in Public. Sarneel, LucyAmsterdam,  2017