a workshop by Ruudt Peters assisted by Koen Jacobs.

After the success of the last 17 years, this year Ruudt Peters begins his summer workshop under the title SOUL NOW. Peters has been a professor at three of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam 1990-2000, Ädellab at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm 2004-2009, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence 2009-2015. At this moment Peters is cofounder and member of the board "Foundation MASieraad" who initiated the MA Challenging Jewellery program at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Through his Summer School he continues his teaching with a private program intended for students or graduates of art academies, and artists/designers/teachers who seek to deepen their work. Every year an international group of fine art artists and jewelry-makers participate in his workshop. The workshops are held in Peters’ summerstudio in the countryside of the Netherlands.



The soul is an intangible, insubstantial concept. Something that has no content or matter, but it is actually tangible and perceptible.Every living entity has a SOUL. The soul represents the personality of people. The soul makes a person what he/she is, his/her character. The creation myth implies that God breathed his divine wind into people, this is the spirit God gave to men and women. Through the contact between body and mind the soul was formed or produced. This is what makes people unique in creation. Personal I believe that objects and jewellery can have a soul too, the more you work with an object/jewel the more layers will arise. When you create a positive and intensive surrounding around making, there is a possibility that the soul slowly comes into the object. Together we will blow the divine wind into objects
In this workshop SOUL NOW we learn how to look, work and talk. We have to stand for what we are, and what we are making. SOUL NOW is a workshop where we will discover and explore the power of the maker. You will fine tune and connect with our own spirit, guiding yourself on the way to delve deeper into your own visual language and see yourself better. 
In SOUL NOW we emphasize an awareness of your place as artist/jewelry-maker in the jewellery field. In SOUL NOW we question your images and habits and firmly confront you with them in art and art-jewellery making. SOUL NOW is about strength, we will positively convert this energy into art and art-jewellery. 
It can be difficult to keep concepts clear to the end – parents or the wearer are always looking over the shoulder of the maker. In SOUL NOW we will avoid this inner voice and jump into making, to try to discover the SOUL in all its possible entities. To confront you with the soul as a maker, and how you can enlarge and go deeper into work. You learn to think open minded in SOUL NOW and give form to your personal dreams.
The SOUL NOW course is built on a step-by-step process of education in which an end product is not the most important goal. The emphasis lies on personal guidance and development. The participants are given the tools with which to continue this process on their own. By means of direct action people learn to take steps.



This year we continue the ‘open call’ especially for students from art-schools, they can apply to attend SOUL NOW for a reduced price of € 1090,-- exclusive 21% VAT tax. There are 4 grants for young art-students and recent graduates who have completed studies in the last year. Students who receive the grant will also have to do some supporting work during the workshop. How to apply? Please send with your application:
1. Letter of recommendation from your professor.
2. Official certificate of registration from your university.
3. Statement about why you want to attend the workshop and what you want to learn.



Dates: 19 till 25 August, 2019. 8.00-20.00 hrs total ± 60 hrs teaching

Arrival: Monday, 19th August 2019, 9.00 hrs at Poelstraat 3, Ravenstein

The course starts: Monday, 19th August 2019, 10.00 hrs at the summer studio.

The course ends: Sunday, 25th August 2019, after breakfast.

Departure: Sunday, 25th August 2018, 11.00 hrs.

Place: Summer studio, Ravenstein. the Netherlands

Accommodations: 2 / 4 person rooms, St. Laurenshoeve, Ravenstein.

Price: Including accommodation, food, drinks, wine, and insurance.

€ 1990,-- euro exclusive 21% VAT tax

Non European participants don't have to pay 21% VAT tax
European participants with a valid VAT number do not have to pay VAT



Please mail to:

- application form

- 6 images of your work, only in 72 dpi.

- photo of yourself

- curriculum vitae

- statement of motivation: why you would like to follow SOUL NOW


Number: ±12 persons can participate in the course

Language: English, German, Dutch

Registration closes: 1st August 2019

Participation: Registrations are processed in the order in which they arrive.



Total payment: The total workshop fee has to be paid 1stAugust 2019 before the workshop starts.
This sum confirms the participation and is not returnable.

Please transfer to:
Marinus Petrus Peters
Berenstraat 17-C, Amsterdam,  the Netherlands
IBAN: NL12 ABNA 0590 4588 41
ABN AMRO BANK, Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam, the Netherlands
(We don’t accept cheques)



If we receive your application and total payment before the 1st of May 2019 a discount on the price will be given.
Discount price: 1690,-- exclusive 21% VAT tax



Ruudt Peters, Berenstraat 17-C, 1016 GG Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Koen Jacobs:


We would be very grateful if you would pass on this information to other interested artists & jewellery makers.