Elwy Schutten

In this text, you could expect me to write about my identity. I can talk about my education as a goldsmith and my study at the Willem de Kooning Academy after which I continued further at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht. I was born in Lichtenvoorde, a village in the east of the Netherlands. But is this my identity? Now you know the basic data about me, but not who I am.

Look closer at my face, at my hair and skin. I have blonde hair and a Western European appearance. You don’t see any wrinkles yet, but sometimes a bit of acne. Now you could maybe tell my age and cultural background. But how can you read this from my face? Is it the skin that tells you this? How can a face talk about identity?

This is what my work is about. I want to ask questions about identity and show that identity is what makes us individual. Or are our identities more similar than we assume? What is identity?

Elwy Schutten

Gallery Ra

To see my work in reality, I would like to invite you to Gallery Ra in Amsterdam.

See also the page on Hedendaagse Sieraden.nl. 


Curriculum Vitae


Education / Training:

2013 – 2016  Jewellery Design
                            Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design
                            passed with distinction
2015 – 2016  Internship with Jasmin Matzakow (half year)
2011 – 2013  Associate Degree, Arts & Crafts
                           Willem de Kooning Academy
2008 – 2011  Goldsmith, Vakschool Schoonhoven



2019  Talente Price 2019, Munich, Germany

Nominations, exhibitions, projects and publications:

2019 Body Control, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
2019 Enjoia’t Award, selected finalist
2019 Joya Barcelona fair, ES
2019 Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition, Beijing, CN
2019 Vers art weekend, Bergarde Galleries, Heerjansdam, NL
2018  4th TRIPLE PARADE Biennale for Contemporary Jewellery, Shanghai, CN
2018  Meesterlijk 2018, Amsterdam, NL
2018  Showroom Limburg, Kerkrade, NL
2018  Perfect Strangers, Munich Jewellery Week 2018, GE
2018  Culture and Identity, Gallery Ra, NL
2017  GrisGris Exhibition at Coda Museum Apeldoorn, NL
2017  Article Art Aurea (Autumn 2017)
2017  Designer in Residence Pforzheim, GE
2017  Built-in, with Dovilė Bernadišiūtė, Munich Jewellery Week 2017, GE
2017  40 Brooches for the Coda museum friends, NL
2016  Awarded the Encouragement prize Thesis from Art Thesis Zuyd, NL
2016  40 Years Gallery Ra Exhibition, NL
2016  Nominated for Henriëtte Hustinx price 2016, NL
2016  Marzee Graduation exhibition, NL
2016  Graduation Exhibition,
             at Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design, NL
2016  Art Tour, Maastricht, at Residentie Maastricht, NL
2014  Clasp for the new cloak of the Mary statue of
             The Lady Church Maastricht, designed and made. NL
2013   Publication in the book; Dit is Meesterlijk
2013  Exposition; Meesterlijk, NL
2013  Graduation Exhibition Willem de Kooning Academie, NL
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