Maria Hees

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019
Published: 05.04.2024
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Maria Hees is not an industrial designer, not a free artist, not a craftswoman in the tradition of her craft, not an ambitious businessperson. Maria Hees regularly exhibits in shows at home and abroad. Her work has been included in the collections of various museums: including Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Arnhem, Coda Museum in Apeldoorn, Design Museum in Den Bosch, Kunstmuseum in The Hague, Museum für Kunsthandwerk in Frankfurt, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Montreal, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design New York, Metropolitan Museum New York, Cooper Hewitt Museum New York and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Maria Hees is committed to developing her own ideas about the nature of jewellery, objects and bags; she examines the applicability of materials, often applying materials in novel ways. She does acknowledge any of the restrictions so often imposed on the manufacture of products by tradition or other standards; on the contrary, she fights them in an attempt to create new solutions. She shapes her own freedom and, in doing so, the freedom of those who use her objects. She can do this by working on a small scale, making almost everything herself, and doing only what she thinks is worthwhile. It is in her work that her true being manifests itself...

I am always looking for new techniques and materials, both for my jewellery and for my bags and objects. For example, for my porcelain jewellery, I use a new material that was developed together with the EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre): porcelain that foams in the oven. The result is always a surprise. 

Sometimes I work with a local craftsman, such as with the iron jewellery, which I made together with a blacksmith in Mali, Africa. Another special project was the glass jewellery, which I made together with a master glassblower from the Czech Republic.

I use different materials for my bags, such as fish leather from the Nile perch of Lake Victoria, naturally tanned leather and neoprene. My last two series are leather bags that combine with ceramic and porcelain vases: the bag looks like a vase, and the vase looks like a bag.

I am currently developing techniques to work with porcelain and stoneware in two colours, similar to the Japanese Nerikomi method. I try to apply this technique in my own freeway so that there is always a surprise at the end. I try to make these plates, wall pieces and brooches as smooth and thin as possible to a thickness of 1 mm. This makes the work appear very fragile, but due to the high firing temperatures, it is actually very strong.

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Exhibition  07 Apr 2024 - 22 May 2024  In Top Form by Maria Hees and Sonja Koczula.
Exhibition  29 Oct 2023 - 03 Dec 2023  Mille Feuille by Maria Hees.
Exhibition  29 Jun 2023 - 09 Jul 2023  Carry me. Galerie Door at Stevenskerk Nijmegen.
Fair  03 May 2023 - 07 May 2023  KunstRai Art Fair.
Exhibition  06 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022  Buckle up. Galerie Door guest at Seidlvilla.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2021 - 01 May 2021  ProChaine.
Fair  07 Feb 2020 - 09 Feb 2020  Gallerie Door at Object Rotterdam.
Exhibition  07 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019  Marjan Unger Tribute.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Door is Open.
Exhibition  17 Apr 2018 - 22 Apr 2018  Maria Hees at 2018 Din-Design.
Exhibition  08 Jan 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  All or Nothing: Collection Jurriaan van den Berg.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2017 - 28 May 2018  Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection..
Exhibition  04 Sep 2016 - 09 Oct 2016  Duo exhibition by Maria Hees and Eric de Nie.
Exhibition  29 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2015  Glass works.
Exhibition  29 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2016  Glass Works.
Exhibition  22 Nov 2015 - 24 Dec 2015  Jewels for Cinderella by Maria Hees at Galerie Hoogenbosch.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2015 - 28 Oct 2015  Jewels for Cinderella by Maria Hees.

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Book:  RINGS of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection. Chadour-Sampson, BeatrizArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2019
Book:  Bijoux Contemporains, Une Passion. Bizot, Chantal; Coleno, NadineÉditions du Regard:  Paris,  2018
Catalogue:  Masterly, the Dutch in Milano. Uniquole, NicoleUniquole:  The Hague,  2016
Book:  Maria Hees: 30 years of design. Menkman, Lotte; Moolhuysen-Coenders, Threes; Sterman, JoepJap Sam Books:  Heijningen,  2013
Book:  Jewelbook. International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art 12/13. Van Damme, JaakStichting Kunstboek:  Oostkamp,  2012
Catalogue:  Open Mind. Sungkok Art Museum:  Seoul,  2011
Book:  Meesterlijke Vrouwen. van Schaik, SylviaKunstenaars (v) uit de Rijkscollectie Ministerie OCW:  Amersfoort,  2011
Catalogue:  Het Vervolg. Besselink, SonjaGalerie Kunst op Kamers:  De Rijp,  2011
Book:  Vrije Vormgeving: Mapping Dutch Conceptual Crafts. Auch, MonikaBNO:  Amsterdam,  2009
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
Book:  Dutch Design van de 20ste eeuw. Lauwen, ToonThoth:  Bussum,  2003
Catalogue:  Jewels of mind and Mentality. Joris, Yvònne010 Publishers:  Rotterdam,  2000