Maja Houtman

Published: 09.09.2020
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Graduated as gold and silversmith at the Vakschool in Schoonhoven, Maja Houtman found her first job as a repairer in a mainstream jewelry shop. In this uninspiring environment, she trained herself further in the goldsmiths craft. Later on she became an assay master at the Dutch Assay Office. After a career switch in 2003 she started to work as an artist-goldsmith, using a technique she calls twisting. Several objects have been awarded in international crafts competitions and are included in private and public collections.


I wish to make exceptional and wearable works of art. With my own developed technique called twisting, I give my artistic contribution to the world. By experimenting and learning, the best works arise in my hands.

August 2019, I attended the workshop Soul Now, given by Ruudt Peters. With a group of eleven international jewellery makers, we meditated, painted, constructed, discussed, set fire to things, prepared food and cycled through the fabulous Dutch scenery. This workshop not only gave me sweet memories and new friends, but it made me reconsider the way I work. Which is what Ruudt aims for with his workshops. When I left Ravenstein, Ruudt suggested me to experiment with lemons….really a lot of lemons! One year later, I can show you part of the results. Blind drawings, fabric, watercolours, all kinds of techniques… After that, I turned to my silver wire and spend fun time behind the workbench making all kinds of lemon inspired shapes. Then I found lemon coloured Citrine, Carnelion and Agate beads and they gave the opportunity to make “lemonskins” to the lemon slices I had in mind. Which lead to lemon-skin jewellery…

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  26 Sep 2021 - 06 Oct 2021  Shape of Nature 2021. Selected artist list announced.
Open call  12 Nov 2020 - 21 Jun 2021  Open Call for Shape of Nature.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2020 - 12 Jul 2020  Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Exhibition.
Award giving  23 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020  Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Winner.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019  Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Workshop  20 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019  Twisting with Maja Houtman.
Exhibition  17 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019  Twisted by Maja Houtman.
Exhibition  16 Jul 2019 - 01 Dec 2019  Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2018 - 09 Dec 2018  Prezentacje 2018, Silver and Amber Contemporry Jewellery.
Exhibition  04 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018  Designed by Nature.
Exhibition  10 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Utrechtse Schatten in de Botanische Tuinen.
Exhibition  04 May 2018 - 04 Aug 2018  Favourites. The Exhibition of the 16th HammerClub Meeting.
Exhibition  31 Mar 2018 - 20 May 2018  Unity in Diversity.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018  Dialogues from the Netherlands in Barcelona.
Exhibition  26 Jan 2018 - 24 Feb 2018  Dialogues from the Netherlands in Madrid.
Exhibition  19 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017  Dialogues from the Netherlands in Switzerland.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2017 - 28 Jul 2017  Dialogues from the Netherlands.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Becoming More Porous. Becoming More Craft-oriented.
Exhibition  13 May 2017 - 06 Jun 2017  Leef! Werken en feesten vormt schoone geesten.
Exhibition  10 Dec 2016 - 10 Dec 2016  Schoonhoven Silver Night.
Town Hall, Havenstraat 37, Schoonhoven, the Netherlands
Exhibition  06 Nov 2016 - 12 Jan 2017  Silver Triennial, 18th International Competition Exhibition.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2016 - 15 Jan 2017  Silver Triennial.
Goldschmiedehaus Hanau
Exhibition  13 Oct 2016 - 02 Apr 2017  Crowned! Royal designs.
Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven
Exhibition  05 Oct 2016 - 26 Oct 2016  METALLOphone: Bonds.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2013 - 23 Jun 2013  REVOLT: Legnica International Jewellery Competition.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Book:  Silver Meetings 2. Contemporary Jewellery in Legnica 2012 - 2019. Gallery of Art in LegnicaGallery of Art in Legnica:  Legnica,  2019
Book:  Cast. Jen Townsend, Renee Zettle-SterlingShiffer Publishing:  2016
Book:  Silver Triennial 2016. Christiane Weber-StöberArnoldsche Art Publishers:  2016
Catalogue:  Schatten in de Oude Hortus III. Utrecht,  2016
 structuren inspireren Utrechtse goudsmeden
Catalogue:  Janjaap Luijt. Monika SzpatowiczHammer Club:  2016
Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, Legnica 2016
Book:  Silver Art in the Netherlands. Sandra van BerkumWaanders & De Kunst:  Zwolle,  2016
Book:  Silver Triennial International. 18th Worldwide Competition. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Catalogue:  Janjaap Luijt. Maja HoutmanAgandau:  Utrecht,  2015
Artist goldsmith
Catalogue:  Janjaap Luijt (ed.) Schatten in de Oude Hortus II. Schatten van Utrecht:  Utrecht,  2015
Structuren inspireren Utrechtse goudsmeden
Article:  Im dialog mit der Natur / In dialogue with nature. Schwäbisch Gmünd,  2014
Catalogue:  Janjaap Luijt (ed.), Schatten in de Oude Hortus. Schatten van Utrecht:  Utrecht,  2014
Een expositie van Utrechtse goudsmeden
Catalogue:  Zhan Binghong. Bejing,  2013
2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition
Book:  Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Ray Hemachandra , Chunghi ChooLark Crafts:  Asheville,  2013
Catalogue:  17. Silber Triennale / Silver Triennial. Christiane Weber-StöberArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2013
Catalogue:  BUNT / REVOLT. Galeria Szluki w Legnicy:  Legnica,  2013
22. Miedzynarodowny Konkurs Sztuki Zlotniczej, 22nd Legnica International Jewellery Competition
Catalogue:  Premio Fondazione Cominelli per il gioiello contemporaneo III Edizione. Michele CassarinoFondazione Cominelli:  Cisano di San Felice del Benaco,  2012
Catalogue:  Craft Embracing the World. Park Won KyuCheongju-si Korean Craft Museum:  Cheongju,  2012
Cheongju International Craft Competition Prize Winners Invitation Exhibition
Catalogue:  HRD Awards 2011: You and Me. HRD Antwerp:  Antwerpen, Shanghai,  2011
Catalogue:  The 7th Cheongju International Craft Competition. Nam Ji Sun, Lee Yea SunCheongju,  2011
Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Catalogue:  Janjaap Luijt Twisted Wireworks. Utrecht,  2011
Catalogue:  Tafelhoeden. Anneke van Nouhuys-de PousStudio 925:  Schoonhoven,  2008
Schaalobjecten in vele hoedanigheden