Manon van Kouswijk

The Netherlands-Australia, b. 1967

Manon van Kouswijk is a Dutch artist and contemporary jewellery who lives and works in Melbourne. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where was Head of the Jewellery department before relocating to Australia in 2010.

Her working methodology is based on exploring and translating archetypal jewellery forms and motifs through a range of materials and processes. An integral aspect of her practice is the framing and contextualising of her work through the making of exhibitions and artist publications often in collaboration with other practitioners.

Manon likes to think that it’s possible to reinvent jewellery, despite the fact that its archetypal forms and motifs haven’t fundamentally changed throughout its long history. She views these archetypes as templates that she uses for her translations of the jewellery types she works from (for example the beaded necklace). The traces of the making process are often visible in Manon’s work. The imperfection of the handmade, present in marks of fingerprints and moulds, is an integral part of the objects. While originating from a conceptual approach to making at the same time her works embrace the sensual qualities of jewellery objects in the use of colour, their weight, sound, rhythm and material expression.

Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums and is part of private and public collections worldwide including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; ABN-AMRO Art Collection, The Netherlands; Røsska Museet, Gøteborg, Sweden; FNAC, Paris, France; NGV, Melbourne, Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Marseille, France; NGA, Canberra, Australia; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

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.