Prasant Selhorst

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Prasant SelhorstOn the age of 13 Prasant saw a program on Dutch television in which a blacksmith was demonstrating his profession. Being enthusiastic about that, he wrote a letter to the television station to come in contact with the blacksmith (Willem Jonkers the third). Soon after that, he followed a workshop and later a course for blacksmith. Because there is no school for blacksmiths in the Netherlands Willem Jonkers advised Prasant to go to the school for goldsmiths because the techniques are the same, and from there he could go on with learning the profession of blacksmith. In the end, the profession of goldsmith with all its facets intrigued him so much he chose to go forward as goldsmith.

On the age of 16 (1996) Prasant attended the school for goldsmiths (vakschool voor edelsmeden en uurwerktechniek) in Amsterdam. In 1999 he made his masterpiece for which he was awarded with an A by the school and a first award from the Schöne competition (a competition organized by the school and Schöne Edelmetaal Amsterdam). After finishing this part of the training, which still had to be finished by an internship, Prasant first attended an extra year for fine techniques. Here he became familiar with stone setting, old Japanese techniques, modern welding techniques, small movements, and so on.

While attending the school Prasant quickly learned that his obsession constantly laid in finding new materials and techniques and refining his skills. He also quickly experienced he had to keep his eyes open in order to see how other professions found solutions for the same problems or use different techniques that could be incorporated in jewellery making. This in order not to step in the trap of getting stuck in traditions, but rather get a broader view on the possibilities of jewelry making. Until this day his statement is that this is what he loves so much in this profession, "there are so many way's and materials to make a jewellery, and the endless possibilities in designing jewellery makes that one never has to lose his obsession of making them."

Prasant did his internship at the atelier of Raymond Stevens in Oosterbeek. Raymond Stevens learned the profession "on the work floor" and is highly appreciated for his ability of making jewellery by hand, just how it would be done in the tradition of the goldsmith profession. In his atelier he made his own distinctive jewels mostly from gold, often combined with silver and cabochon cut stones. But also special work like remaking parts for watches, or eyeglasses in gold.

Some months before the internship was finished Alexander van den Hoven came by in the atelier of Raymond and saw the work of Prasant. Two days later he called to offer him a job at his jeweler shop in Arnhem. Here he immediately worked for full, mainly specialized at working on fine jewellery making. At Alexander van den hoven he mainly worked with gold and diamonds but also precious stones like fancy sapphires, beryl's and tanzanite. Not uncommonly set in unconventional settings.

After one and a half year Prasant left Alexander van den Hoven and began to work for himself. To earn some extra money to get through this starting period, Prasant got a job as concierge at a laboratory. Very soon his employer noticed his skills and offered him a job as a technician to maintain machines to keep the laboratory working. In the beginning it seemed that this work had no connection with forging gold, but he learned a whole different way of looking and approaching at (metal) working, something that serves him every day with making jewellery.

In the same time at his workshop at the Heerenstraat in Wageningen he designed and made mostly jewellery in commission as well as developing new jewellery and techniques for his own shop. Prasant used this period for a great part to develop and adapt new techniques and ideas in order to make innovative jewellery. Until today a lot of these new developments and ideas are still only in his mind, because he did not jet found the opportunity to create it, although this is no bothers to him, he is convinced that an artist should always have ideas lying around.

Besides bought and special cut facetted gemstones and standard chains all the designing and making of the jewellery happens in the same workshop by the same two hands. Prasant finds it a quest to be able to do every part of the process on his own without this, the statement of his art would be compromised.

This philosophy and approach makes high quality pieces of jewellery that can be stated as Art and a legacy for coming generations.

 

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