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Why so quiet?

Silence is only when we sleep.
Or do you dream in sound?

The bustle of the day fills my ears from the moment I wake. Traffic, birds, pets and people talking. There is no silence or quiet.

For the past months my life journey has taken many new turns, with a multitude of questions asked, answered and unanswered and even more moments of intense beauty. It is in these individual moments of acute awareness that I find strength, inspiration and love. In them I am truly alive.

Only a short while ago I was exploring the cultural richness of Mexico. Now I am immersing myself in my own and my birthplace’s history. Rediscovering languages, places, people and passions. We are never separate from our past. Embedded irrevocably in our beings are the memories, emotions and thoughts from the past; many subconscious but still part of us. Waiting for the right moment to reemerge in rich colours, sounds and smells.

As I sit under a skeleton tree that is starting to push out small leaf buds in preparation for spring, listening to the birds happily chirping and enjoying an apple I put out for them earlier, I am thankful for all the creative minds that surround me. Yes, the creative journey continues as it always has.

I will be exhibiting Wearable Art as part of a collaborative effort with some truly inspirational (South) African artists later this year. Working in two and three dimensions, around eight of us have started our joint creative explorations and I am privileged to be part of such a dynamic group.

Pretty soon I will be able to announce the names of the participating artists. You’ll be introduced to this special group and can follow our journey to exceptional artworks. In the meantime, keep a look out for posts on Facebook and Instagram and be part of our journey!


Reflecting on the Munich Jewellery Week 2017

A hectic afternoon

On a cool March afternoon more than 10 strangers met in a bare room. Or rather, were busily unpacking, sorting, measuring and hammering. Jewellery pieces emerged soon enough. Each finding their temporary resting places on the walls and surfaces of Galerie Trampler. Three miniature landscapes containing my jewellery pieces were placed on their pedestals near the entrance.

Few of the participants knew each other before being brought together by the organizers of ‘Initiation 2017’ for the Munich Jewellery Week from 8-11 March 2017. By the time the exhibition opened on the evening of the 8th, first introductions had been made and my curiosity had been stirred. A mixed bunch we were, all from different backgrounds and from 6 different countries!


Into the rhythm

Typically changeable Munich weather luckily didn’t prevent any visitors from finding us. Whether in driving rain or under clear sunny skies, come they did!

From Thursday to Saturday we saw a continuing stream of art critics, collectors, jewellery lovers, students and fellow jewellers marvel at the unique pieces on show. And not only English was spoken. Lively conversations were held in Italian, Spanish, German. When all else failed, we used the internationally understood language of gestures and simple words.

It felt as though the wonderful people that stopped by to listen to my passionate narrative of how the human landscape completes the natural landscape, left as friends. A common understanding, of jewellery not only as adornment, but also as bearer of emotion linked to nature, now joined us as if belonging to a secret club of ‘the informed’.



What impressed me most about the Munich Jewellery Week was the vast and diverse range of materials, manufacturing methods, exhibition methods and artists that participated. Just a short walk from our gallery, one could see artists from Japan, Australia, England, America, etc. etc. etc! No two artists produced even vaguely similar work. A feast for the eye and truly inspiring, not only for me, but also for other artists exhibiting during the event.



After these few but intense days, it was with a sense of relief and sadness that we, the artists of Initiation 2017, joined each other in a celebratory glass of wine on Saturday evening. I have made new friends, expanded my horizons and met so many wonderful people during this time. Already the effects are visible in my work – keep an eye out on my website and social media accounts for new pieces.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Jewellery Week. Save the date! 07–13 March 2018.


For more about the artists at the ‘Initiation 2017’ exhibition, click here.

About the Munich Jewellery Week

Parallel to the Internationale Handwerkermesse (IHM) in Riem, Munich, Current Obsessions Magazine facilitates the Munich Jewellery Week. They produce a newspaper and map on which all registered exhibitions are shown. They also arrange artists meetings and other networking events.

At the IHM fair one hall primarily houses art jewellery, galleries and art institutions. Several competitions culminate with prize giving events at the IHM at this time.

Marions Erfahrung

Bird Shadows as exhibited at the Vernissage showing pendant and bracelet.

Ich habe lange nicht mehr so außergewöhnliche, einzigartige Schmuck-Designs gesehen wie die von Marie Pretorius.
Man fühlt sich beim Tragen versetzt in die afrikanische Landschaft und bekommt Urlaubsgefühle. Darüber hinaus bin ich begeistert von dem Service und der Qualität. Alles Unikate, auf die ich häufig angesprochen werde.
Ich kann Frau Pretorius, auch für eine persönliche Beratung, nur empfehlen.
(November 2016)

Would you like to share your experience? Please contact me.
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CMP’s first Vernissage

A first event!

On 9 July 2016 CMP celebrated her first Vernissage in the picturesque suburb of Schwabing, Munich.

Invited guests and impromptu visitors joined each other in the spacious gallery to view the miniature landscapes that held the jewellery pieces. The hot summer’s day was ideal for mingling and pondering the intimate connection between oneself and nature.

On view

Consisting of drawings, photographs and ceramic objects, the miniature landscapes each had its own character. Some jewellery sets were joined in sharing their landscapes, such as Winter Nest and Spring Nest, whereas others occupied their own private spaces. It was a truly magical afternoon with jewellery friends.

More to see

See the collections and individual pieces by following the ‘Explore the Landscapes’ link.