Jewellery Student Grace Yu Piper Selected for Schmuck 2019 in Munich

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Grace Yu Piper is an emerging contemporary jeweller, born and bred in Wellington.  She graduated from Whitireia New Zealand in 2017 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts.

Through her work Grace explores various themes including; cultural identity in the present day, and reducing, dissecting and exploring the functionality of jewellery. Grace works predominantly in stone.

Grace received the ECC Student Craft / Design Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award in 2018 and her work was selected for exhibition at Talente 2018.

Grace's 'Playing Catch' series has now been selected for Schmuck 2019, a global exhibition held in Munich, showcasing work from just 65 participants worldwide. Creative NZ have also announced they will be supporting Grace attending the event.


'Caught', argillite, greywacke, 80 x 42 x 40 mm


'Hooked', black jade, argillite, 65 x 40 x 25 mm


'Ring Ring', argillite, 53 x 40 x 40 mm


'Two Way', argillite, greywacke, 110 x 32 x 10 mm

Playing Catch

“This series is a manifestation of my interest in examining and upending the functionalities of jewellery. I have taken the practical aspect of the clasp and turned it into the focal point. No element is superfluous or decorative, every aspect has functional reasoning behind it. Minimal and androgynous by its very nature.

Each piece acts as a little puzzle, two halves that slot into each other to become one. This forces an initial interaction with the wearer and introduces a tactile connection with the object”.  

This series was developed after attending the workshop with Renee Bevan at Te Auaha, Wellington earlier this year.


Grace has been offered a Graduate Diploma Scholarship to continue her Jewellery studies next year at Te Auaha, along with an offer to do her Masters Degree in Germany in 2020.


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