There are few artists that continue to surprise me like Raphaël Schaltegger, the designer behind Goutte de Terre. His collection of fine handmade jewelry, designed from his studio in Paris, France, is simple beautiful. What amazes me is that he finds ways to create new and exciting designs from such a celebrated medium: Limoges porcelain.
Raphaël’s continual passion for his craft is clearly seen in this expansive collection of handmade jewelry that includes earrings, necklaces and rings. Gold is the accent of choice and adds another layer of luxury. You’ll love Goutte de Terre and I hope you support this talented maker by visiting Etsy and following him on Instagram for his latest designs. One more cool detail: Raphaël isn’t the only artist in the family. Stay tuned for a look at his creative partner’s equally gorgeous handmade jewelry collection, Lunaticart.
About the maker:
Born in eastern France, in the South of the Champagne, I grew up in an atmosphere of a very small village with parents who are artisans (cheese makers), what gave me from the earliest age a glimpse into the artisan craft world.
At 18 years old I left France to go on an adventure. I made my first pieces of jewelry in the Antilles, with painted quenetes seeds (Caribbean traditional fruit). I sold in markets and later on they used for various fashion shows in the Caribbean.
Thanks to my designs, I could continue my journey and it is Latin America, which will be the longest part, as I spent 7 years there, in total. Macramé, seeds and semi-precious stones became my new favorites materials.
It is in Guatemala where my path crosses Berenice’s (Lunaticart) with whom I exchange different techniques of macramé. At that time I didn’t know that I was talking to the woman of my life!
Jewelry making led me to India, Cuba, Canada, US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Galapagos, Easter Island and Tahiti where I worked with leather and black pearls.
After Living for 5 years in Belle-Ile-en-Mer, I decided to open an art gallery/workshop in Paris, it is the birth of ‘Goutte de Terre’ (drop of earth) in 2009.
With Goutte de Terre, I developed a work inspired by mainly by water. I love the fluidity and it is in nature that I observe it better.