Ruudt Peters (1950) is a jewelry designer, goldsmith, and conceptual artist. The special spelling of his first name has a reason. As a twelve-year-old a brother-in-law came into the family who was also called Ruud. One was called Ruud P. and the other Ruud B . Ruudt disliked this so much that he placed a t behind his given name. Problem solved! He trained as a medical instrument maker and subsequently studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The academy where he would later become a teacher (1990-2000) himself. He also taught at the School of the Arts in Kampen, in Stockholm at Ädellab, Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts. And in Florence at Alchimia.
Ruudt is very active. His work can be admired at home and abroad, both in galleries and museums. In addition to jewelry and sculptures, he also worked on projects in the public space. For example, he realized a balustrade for a housing project in the Czaar Peterstraat in Amsterdam and a balustrade for Cortille in Amstelveen. He also designed the fountain for the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in Den Bosch. Over the years, Ruudt, together with his partner Leo Versteijlen, has built up an impressive collection of jewelry. And he is chairman of the Stichting Sieraden Collections (SSC), which mission is to protect, and present private jewelry collections as a cultural heritage and as a source of inspiration for future generations.
Ruudt: “It is unfortunate that my father – unlike me – was never able to do what he wanted most: to work with his hands. Only in his workshop at the back of the house, he could live his life as a carpenter. He worked in our grocery store to make money. When I look at my hands, I can see that I have my father’s hands, the only difference is that my fingers are a little longer. Only when you get older, you get an eye for that kind of detail. ”
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