• Us 16 - # 15. 2015.
    Us 16 – A short outline of the key ideas behind the ‘Us 16′ body of work

    Us 16

    The body of work around Us 16 centres on the notion of community. Within any community such as a family, circle of… Read More

    Metalsmith article June 2015
    Celestial adornment – art jewellery piece cited in Metalsmith article

    In the June 2015 edition of Metalsmith, a well-known USA-based print- and e-publication dedicated to metalsmithing and jewellery making, freelance writer Leslie Jordan Clary… Read More

    The wood and the trees: a balance act. 2014.
    Between the Lines: Jewellery as self-portraiture

    The level of abstraction and codification, as well as the complexity and layering of meaning contained in the body of work “Between the lines”… Read More

    Contemporary art jewellery now on show at The Oculus, Cape Town

    The Oculus, an upmarket eye-wear shop on the corner of Strand and Chiappini Streets, Cape Town is now also showcasing contemporary South African art… Read More

    Precious Obsession Poster. (c) Precious Obsession, November 2014
    Group shows 2014: Precious Obsession – A contemporary jewellery pop-up event

    Three trained artist jewellers from Cape Town teamed together to stage the first ever pop-up event to showcase contemporary South African art jewellery at… Read More

    55 Artists / Necklaces - Invite
    Group shows 2014: 55 Artists / Necklaces

    Liz Loubser Gallery and Tinsel collaborated in staging a group exhibition of contemporary art jewellery in Risidale, Johannesburg, in November this year. The exhibition… Read More

    Display of Between the Lines, Liz Loubser Gallery, August 2014. Image: Liz Loubser Gallery
    Group shows 2014: Between the Lines in Johannesburg

    The last iteration of Between the Lines went on show at Liz Loubser Gallery in Risidale, Johannesburg on 23 August 2014. The opening was… Read More

    Photoshoot detail. Marguerite Oelofse. Superior Mag. http://www.superior-mag.com/2014/magazine-photography-fashion-editorial-marguerite-oelofse-dunes-valley/
    Earrings feature in fashion shoot

    Fashion photographer Marguerite Oelofse and Berlin-based stylist Julius Forgo teamed together earlier this year for some shooting in Cape Town. Some of my pieces… Read More

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    Recent Fine Ounce group exhibitions gather media presence

    The two recent exhibitions of the Fine Ounce Goldsmiths’ Collective gathered quite some media presence.

    The first of the two shows, held… Read More

    Appearances are deceptive II: I am not aloof. 2013. Pendant on silk thread. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, Lapis Lazuli beads, hidden Garnet beads
    The words we use become the homes we live in – Artist’s statement pertaining to the series Between the Lines

    As an avid reader and a keen, yet critical listener I have for quite some time been aware that words and phrases have an… Read More

    Metaal met Taal uitstalling-exhibition
    Metaal met Taal – Group show to coincide with the Stellenbosch Woordfees

    Six jewellers from Stellenbosch and surroundings presented a group show of jewellery at this year’s Stellenbosch Woordfees. The show was held at Lilly Friedlaender… Read More

    Ethereal Material - DI stand 2014
    Ethereal Material – Group Show at the Design Indaba Expo 2014

    From 28 February to 2 March 2014, staff members and post-graduate students of the Division for Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques, Stellenbosch University,… Read More

    Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition Poster
    2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition – first international group show for AnGela

    It was with much excitement that I received the news that I had been invited to participate in the 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art… Read More

    Between the Lines exhibition
    Between the Lines – Gold of Africa Museum

    The Fine Ounce Goldsmiths’ Collective hosted its first 2013/14 show under the theme “Between the Lines” at the Gold of Africa Museum in Cape… Read More

    Between the lines
    Fine Ounce Goldsmiths’ Collective prepares for new exhibition series

    Building on the success of the previous two exhibition series, the Fine Ounce Collective is currently hard at work to prepare for the 2013/14… Read More

    Portfolio on Klimt 02
    Big milestone achieved – portfolio published on Klimt 02

    In June this year I reached a major milestone in terms of having my art jewellery represented on an international platform: Klimt 02. Klimt… Read More

    Moments of carefree happiness. Photos: (c) Mathias & Angela Tölken
    Maintaining the well, or: when water levels are low

    Some years ago I thoroughly engaged with Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (Pan Books: 1993), a stimulating work book for introspective creatives. One of… Read More

    The relation between art jewellery, culture and commercial jewellery
    Value as currency, or the currency of value

    As an artist- or author jeweller and part-time academic I am very interested in the complex notions of value within the field of contemporary… Read More

    On the humorous side of being a dragon. 2012. Ring.
    Exhibition series to launch soon

    As part of the Fine Ounce Collective, I will launch my latest work under the theme of “Breath on Fire”.

    The first of 5 exhibitions… Read More

    An investigation of roundness: Artist’s statement pertaining to the Breath of Fire series

    Since the Fine Ounce Goldsmith Collective will launch its 2012/13 exhibition series (entitled Breath of Fire) with the first show at Merchants on Long Read More

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    The conundrum of being German

    A while back one of my fellow Fine Ounce Collective members wrote an amusing piece about her (as she termed them) “well-organized, calm and… Read More

    At the coal face. 2012. Ring. Non-tarnish silver, cold enamel
    Breath of fire

    In preparation for a new series of group exhibitions, Fine Ounce has decided on “Breath of Fire” as a theme. Apart from the many… Read More

    Blog image - Kim Buck
    A universal validity of jewellery?

    One of the most important international events pertaining to contemporary jewellery is Schmuck, an annual, specially curated show coinciding with the International Trade Fair… Read More

    Fine Ounce Goldsmiths' Collective
    Angela joins goldsmith collective

    I am very excited and happy to announce that I was invited to join the Cape Town based Fine Ounce Goldsmiths’ Collective in May… Read More

    AnGela. Ring. 2012. Non-tarnish silver, clay, varnish.
    Jewellery as reflection

    Being a rather academically and philosophically inclined person, I enjoy reading all kinds of written material on contemporary jewellery to engage… Read More


    For me there is nothing more nurturing than being in nature, especially in remote places. Wide, apparently empty and silent expanses with nobody there… Read More

    Colours & contrasts, textures & details
    Colours & contrasts, textures & detail

    I find enormous joy in closely observing fine details – marvelling at textures, compositions, patterns and inherent systems. Usually I feel compelled to touch… Read More

    Happy Days. 2009.
    Self [reflection] [representation] [expansion] – Artist’s statement

    The complex process of expressing myself creatively is an intensely personal one and my works are strongly auto-biographical, albeit from hindsight. My jewellery inevitably… Read More

    Reflections of Self: Jewellery and chains of meaning. An independent essay accompanying the solo show ‘Self’.

    We perceive the world in terms of language – indeed the entire process through which we make sense of experience, emotion and objects, are… Read More