Manon van Kouswijk

The Netherlands-Australia, b. 1967

Manon van Kouswijk studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and in 1994 was a guest student at the Munich Academy studying under professor Otto Künzli. Manon has gone on to work internationally and teach at institutes such as Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and Monash University in Melbourne where she is currently the MADA jewellery studio coordinator.


Utilising a diverse range of materials such as paper, porcelain and wood, she explores the meaning and associations imbued in everyday objects, with a particular focus on jewellery traditions as manifest in the necklace form. Manon has exhibited internationally and has work included in permanent collections of the NGV Melbourne and Musée des Arts Decoratifs Marseille France.

Pearls for Girls, 2012, porcelain, pigment, 14k gold

More work by Manon van Kouswijk

Pearls for Girls by Manon van Kouswijk Pearls for Girls , 2012, porcelain, pigment, 14k gold ,
Out of the Office  by Manon van Kouswijk Out of the Office , 2013, set of 100 necklaces, paperclip coating, thread ,
Perles d'Artiste by Manon van Kouswijk Perles d'Artiste , 2014, glazed porcelain ,
Pearl Grey by Manon van Kouswijk Pearl Grey , 2009, porcelain, glass ,
Bisou brooch by Manon van Kouswijk Bisou brooch , 2011, porcelain, glaze ,
Figures necklaces by Manon van Kouswijk Figures necklaces , 2015, porcelain, glaze ,
Circles necklace by Manon van Kouswijk Circles necklace , 2012, porcelain, glaze ,
Chunky Daisy family by Manon van Kouswijk Chunky Daisy family , 2016, glazed porcelain ,
Room Service objects by Manon van Kouswijk Room Service objects , 2004, porcelain, glaze ,
Soap with pearl chain by Manon van Kouswijk Soap with pearl chain , 1995, soap, pearls ,
Ornamental Residue by Manon van Kouswijk Ornamental Residue , 2014, porcelain, glaze ,
Reverse necklace by Manon van Kouswijk Reverse necklace , 2015, porcelain, glaze ,
Reverse necklaces by Manon van Kouswijk Reverse necklaces , 2014, porcelain, glaze ,
Trophées necklaces by Manon van Kouswijk Trophées necklaces , 2012, porcelain, glaze ,


2 minds, 4 hands

February 11 to March 8, 2014

Two renowned Dutch jewellers present an exhibition of their recent work. Manon van Kouswijk, who currently lives and works in Melbourne, explores fragmentary forms in porcelain.

Bead the System

July 5 to 30, 2011

In her latest work, Dutch artist Manon van Kouswijk explores the idea of a strand of beads as a cycle without a clear beginning or end.

New Edition

April 23 to May 18, 2013

To launch Gallery Funaki’s new interior, we’re pleased to present New Edition; a curated exhibition that explores the multiple/edition in contemporary jewellery.


October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.