A special edition episode featuring the plenary speakers of the ACJ 'Beyond Silver' Conference Dr. Jivan Astfalck and Professor Theo Smeets. A discussion about the key themes of the conference, the field and the subject of jewellery.
Dr. Jivan Astfalck is Professor of Jewellery Art and Design at Birmingham City University. Born in Berlin, where she trained as a goldsmith, she has been living in London for more than 30 years. She obtained her MA in the History and Theory of Modern Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and her PhD in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London.
Theo Smeets has been working since 1998 as Professor for jewellery at the University of Applied Sciences Trier at the Department of Gemstone and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein. He has been Head of the Department since 2017. He studied gold- and silversmithing at Schoonhoven (1982-1986) and jewellery design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1986-1992) in Amsterdam.