Mette Saabye

Mette Saabye (1969) trained as a goldsmith and subsequently as a jewellery designer at the Institute of Fine Metals in Copenhagen. Mette established her own jewellery business in 1996.

Mette Saabye has since obtained recognition as one of Denmark’s most reputable jewellery makers and designers.

In 2004, she established her own workshop and gallery in central Copenhagen, where the business is still housed today.

Since 1996, Mette has designed jewellery collections and executed artistic projects, which have been exhibited and distributed by a wide selection of galleries and museums in Denmark and abroad.

In her work as designer and jewellery artist, Mette is dedicated to exploring and pushing jewellery as a concept and its potential as a body-related object. She religiously challenges the understanding of jewellery’s functionality, value, aesthetic qualities and communicative potential.

Through her jewellery, she strives to convey her reflections on themes like: reality/illusion, human communication, time and memory. Mette has a rich mode of expression, which she unfolds in the materials and compositions that are best suited to convey a particular theme.

“Jewellery is an expression of personal dreams, wishes and identity. Jewellery has become my language, my way of communicating observations, opinions and experiences to people all over the world. My language is based on materials, form and function that is easy to understand.”

In addition to running her own business, Mette Saabye has curated exhibitions, taught and given lectures at a wide range of jewellery education institutions and museums in Denmark and abroad, served as Master of the Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild and worked as Global Head of Design for Trollbeads A/S. In 2013, Minister of Culture, Marianne Jelved appointed her as a member of the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Crafts and Design for the period 2014 – 2015.

Mette Saabye has be awarded numerous grants and awards over the years, including The Danish Arts Foundation’s Three-year working grant, The Biennale for Craft and Design prize, Ole Haslund’s Art Foundation, The Kai Bojesen memorial grant as well as the Copenhagen Goldsmiths’ Guild’s Honorary Grant.

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