For Ornamentum's Up In Smoke exhibition, Dutch jeweler Ralph Bakker has created a fascinating pipe in silver, blackened tantalum with a black coral mouthpiece- a contemporary ceremonial accoutrement. Round discs on each end in visual symbiosis with the round bowl, juxtaposed to the rough, grainy surface of the ridged shaft. Within the bowl, Bakker has created a screen of silver filaments where the medium will burn as an offering on an alter.
Born in 1958, Ralph Bakker is a Dutch jeweler based in Rotterdam. He attended the Dutch Intermediate Technical School in Schoonhoven, the Netherlands from 1986 to 1991 before enrolling at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1991 to 1994. Since then he has been active as a studio jeweler, exhibiting his work extensively internationally. Ralph Bakker’s work is featured in numerous renowned public and private collections, including the Newark Museum of Art, the Koch Collection in Switzerland and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
silver, tantalum, black coral
24 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm