Widely acclaimed contemporary silversmiths and jewelry designers, Jan Matthesius trained at the Vocational School of Schoonhoven, Jan had his first solo exhibition in 1978. The same year he entered the guild at the Association of Silversmiths and Jewelry Designers in the Netherlands. In 1980 he opened his own studio in Schoohoven with his partner, Pauline Barendse.

Jan has mastered time-honored metalsmith techniques working with a variety of materials including gold, silver, tantalum, titanium  aluminum, glass and gemstones. Today, Matthesius’ work has garnered international recognition and belongs to notable collections both institutional and private. He received numerous awards throughout his career including the Idar-Oberstein Prize in Germany and the Schoonhoven Silver Award.

In addition to his own work, Jan collaborates with Dutch Design icon Gijs Bakker with whom he creates the Jewelry collection chp? jewelry, which stands for Chi ha paura? (Who’s afraid of?)”.  The conceptual jewelry line was founded by Gijs and Marijke Vallanzasca.

"Since 1995 I work together with Pauline and Jan, a golden duo with true craftsmanship, technical skill and creative insight. Both for chp…? jewelry as well as for my own designs we have developed together many concepts and full-fledged products. Every time I go to Schoonhoven, I look forward to seeing the results". Gijs Bakker Designer

The Master Silversmith is also behind most of Aldo Bakker’s silver and copper pieces; “I am always touched by the correctness of Aldo’s designs. One needs a second glance, but after a while, you start to comprehend the shape as a whole. All the details are just right. That’s when you understand why Aldo came up with this shape.” – Jan Matthesius

Trained under Matthesius, master silversmith Andre van Loon now runs the special collaborations and commissions of Matthesius studio. Van Loon is behind most of Bakker’s recent works of art made in precious metal. Widely recognized for his mastery, Matthesius is now focusing on his own designs and jewelry collection.