15 December 2013
The Pearls of Makkum collection includes a series of colourful earrings, also designed by Alexander van Slobbe. They have a refined shape and charming decoration.
Alexander van Slobbe and Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum first encountered each other in 2005. Van Slobbe, who lives and works in Friesland, admires this earthenware company for its preservation of traditional craftsmanship and finds it very special to be cooperating with the oldest firm in the Netherlands. Traditional values and craftsmanlike design and production methods have always been at the heart of this classically-trained designer’s work, even when it had long gone out of fashion.
Refined in form and decoration
The collaboration started with a series of porcelain buttons and a hand-painted stopper for the orson + bodil perfume bottle. In 2006 this was followed by the joint Pearls of Makkum project. Van Slobbe, inspired by the magic and symbolism of the pearl, designed the first series of enlarged, chamfered and half-pearls, refined in form and decoration and made using traditional faience methods. The pearls are hand-painted in the workshop at Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum! In 2011 the collection was expanded.
Earrings immediately occupied a special place in the collection. Van Slobbe opted for the drop shape, inspired by Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring. The collection offers a wide range of colour shades: white, green, red, black and platinum. There is also a version for which 24-carat gold is used.