Experts Talk

Published: 23.03.2023
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Contemporary jewelry as a genre or art discipline must open up to the broader public. This is a task for individual artists, but it also requires a collective effort. Before professionals join forces, they should be aware that the lack of communication between the different agents and sectors of the contemporary jewelry field inhibits the discipline’s growth.

EXPERTS TALK visualizes SMCK Magazine’s efforts to overcome the sector’s segmentation and suggest solutions for sustainable growth.
EXPERTS TALK is also SMCK Magazine’s gift to the international jewelry community on the occasion of Schmuck 2023.
The 22-minute long video features Europe’s leading professionals and international VIPs sharing their insight, and analyzing major contemporary jewelry challenges with honesty and precision.

Dr. Ioannis Michaloudis, Sarah Bailey, Maja Houtman, Lisa Walker, Sigurd Bronger, Waldemar Kerschbaumer, Leo Caballero, Clemens Ritter von Wagner, Jurgita Ludavičienė, Olga and Kinga Zobel, Eva Olde Monnikhof, David Sandu, SMCK Magazine.

Concept & Script: Loukia Richards.
Intro video & editing: Christoph Ziegler.
Project assistance: Priscilla Katz.


Dr. Ioannis Michaloudis (American University Of Cyprus) - is an academic, visual artist, and researcher internationally acknowledged as one of the leaders in Art&Science and the first-ever creator and investigator on the application of the NASA’s nanomaterial silica aerogel in Fine Arts. He has designed „Goutte de ciel“ jewelry series for Boucheron, Paris.
Sarah Bailey (London) - International Editor-At-Large of VOGUE Greece, is an award-winning writer, editor, consultant, and podcast host. A senior editor at Harper’s Bazaar for nearly a decade, working in both London and New York, she is also former Editor-In-Chief of ELLE UK and Red and PORTER - the NET-A-PORTER magazine.  She launched the retailer’s first podcast series as host of Pieces of Me: My Life in 7 Garments, with guests such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Roksanda Ilincic, and Sam Taylor Johnson.

Maja Houtman (Netherlands) - is an artist, goldsmith, teacher, curator and networker. Her newsletter, twice a month, is a precious source of information for the jewellery community.

Sigurd Bronger (Oslo) - is a jewelry artist.

Waldemar Kerschbaumer (Bozen) - is the manager of Bodyfurnitures and founder of Italiano Plurale. The latter is a creative and promotional initiative of Italian designers.

Leo Caballero (Barcelona) - Leo Caballero and Amador Bertomeu are founders and directors of and Hannah Gallery Barcelona.
Clemens Ritter von Wagner (Berlin) - As the son of a diplomat, he lived in Washington DC, Santiago de Chile, Vienna, Brussels and in Moscow at a very early age. Clemens Ritter von Wagner has many years of experience in the field of exquisite design. His final university thesis was on Vivienne Westwood and, among others, he worked for Donna Karan in Quartier 206, Cerruti 1881 and later for Cartier, for whom he managed the business transactions in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Vienna and Palm Beach. He perfectioned his skills during an apprenticeship for the classification of diamonds (DGEmG) at the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft e.V in Idar-Oberstein. He is the owner of the gallery Wagner Preziosen Berlin.
Jurgita Ludavičienė (Vilnius) - is an art historian and theorist. She is the curator of the Vilnius Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry Metallophone.
Eva Olde Monnikhof (Antwerp) - Director of DIVA, a museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver. She was the project manager for the Creative Cities Amsterdam Area bureau, a strategic agency for all creative and cultural industries in the Amsterdam Area.
David Sandu (Bucharest) - Jewelry maker, curator and teacher. Sandu is the founder of Romanian Jewelry Week.
Lisa Walker (Wellington) - is a jewelry artist.

Olga and Kinga Zobel (Munich) - Owners of Galerie Biro Munich. The jewellery gallery represents some of the most important artists in the field and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022.
EXPERTS TALK is part of SMCK Magazine’s SMCK On Reel video festival 2023 - Experts Talk / Civilization Rebooted / Art In The Land Of War.
SMCK Magazine is Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler, visual artists and curators. Both graduates from the University of the Arts Berlin, Richards and Ziegler are the founders and curators of SMCK ON REEL, the first international video festival inspired by jewelry.