In collaboration with Handshake 6, Iris Eichenberg will be presenting a lecture that reflects on her 30 years of work within contemporary jewellery.

Some Things Do Get Better will contemplate what it means to become an artist; the successes and the failures, the insights gained along the way, the importance of process, and the need to respond to shifting contexts and changing environments.

Having moved her practice from the Netherlands to the United States of America 13 years ago, Eichenberg considers working and living in different worlds to be both a gift and a loss.

The opportunity to distance herself from understanding a particular notion of taste has provided her with the space to contradict herself and to keep on raising questions about making and being. There is beauty in growing older and trusting a sense of productive confusion. Some things do get better.

Hospitality will be provided. Booking is free here.


After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, arts educator, part-time curator, and organiser of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1996, where she became Head of the Jewelry Department in 2000. Eichenberg held this position until 2007. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has been teaching there full time since. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.


  • Free


  • Fri 31 Jan


  • 6:00 pm


  • 13 Rose Road
  • Ponsonby, Auckland 1021