• portrait of artist jeweller ute decker photography by elke bock

    the jewels of ute decker are described as “a powerful statement” that “sets a shining ethical example” (financial times). the economist 1843 compares her “avant-garde sculptural pieces” to “swirling sculptures” while christie’s simply calls them “wearable works of art”.

    ute decker, b 1969 germany 

    lives and works in london 
    ute decker is best known for her minimalist yet bold sculptural pieces.  
    she has created an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional “geometric poetry”. 
    exhibited internationally, her sculptural jewellery pieces are found in major private and public collections including the victoria & albert museum.  
    the unique and limited edition pieces are as engaging worn on the body as they are displayed on a plinth. her contemporary jewellery practice is enriched by her experience in other mediums such as sculpture, textiles, paper and ceramics. 
    each of her wearable sculptures are a conversation piece and storyteller. 
    her journalistic background continues to inform her practice: she thinks carefully about her work and its context in society and the environment, and unites her creative practice with a committed social engagement. combining the poetic with the political, the clean and pure lines of decker’s pieces reflect the purity and mindful choice of her material’s provenance. 
    ute decker is a pioneer of the international ethical jewellery movement. she works predominantly in recycled silver and was one of the very first worldwide to create pieces in Fairtrade Gold. 
    she is a regular speaker on the subject. through her website she established the world’s largest free online resource on green jewellery practices. she is passionate about sharing her knowledge, raising public awareness and facilitating change amongst makers and the public. since 2018 this resource can be found at ethicalmaking.org created in partnership with the incorporation of goldsmiths, scotland.