Deborah Rudolph is a contemporary jewellery artist living and working in Germany. Stones fascinate her. They are millions of years old and at the same time a limited resource. They exist in all kinds of colours and shapes, yet one stone never equals another. In her work she concentrates on saving the character of each stone while enhancing their individual shape and structure.
What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
Fast artificial food, inhumane systems, pressure, melancholy.
Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your plates?
Everyone can enjoy my plates, the grandma, the punk or the banker. Everything is handmade and every plate took its time to get into the shape in which it is now. I would be happy if the people feel the soul in each of the objects.
Do you use your own plates?
In my apartment you can find stone plates in almost every room. I give them different functions: I use them as plates, for soap, for my flowers, or I heat them up to keep me warm.
Do you think plates can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
Plates are used to serve food. I like it when they have their own character and are also made with time and love for the food. I think fast food plates and cups can easily be replaced and be made from natural materials. The calabash plates by Tala Yuan could be a great solution.
What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
To work with stones from Germany and to explore their beauty. For me it was very clear not to use glue or any artificial material and to keep it as pure as possible.
Describe your work in 3 words!
Minimal. Rough. Windy.
What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
I bought some rare agate from the Gemstone Museum in Idar-Oberstein. This stones are from this region and the people identify the stones with their home. They are different from the common agate from Brazil and they do have their own color shapes.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on visualising how drilling effects us, how the earth is changing and how the environment develops.
What excites you about tomorrow?
I feel like the world is changing. In architecture they start to think about new models of houses and ways of living. For example how we can integrate nature in the city. Or to built just a half house and to grow it in the future, as the architect Alejandro Aravena did. I like that people start to think about community again, to built something together like a garden or cooking community. People start to face each other again.
What has been your favourite dinner experience?
I really enjoyed the Steinbeisser dinner in Frankfurt, I was totally surprised by the curious combinations of fruit juices that chef Mathias Schmidt served. Apple Juice with fir taste. Never had something like that before and it was so much tastier than any of the alcoholic drinks.
What further ambitions do you have?
I would like to continue doing meaningful work no matter if it is art or something else.