Maire Morgen Hääl (b. 1939 in Tallinn)
I worked 1967–1994 in the experimental construction department of TUT as a senior technician-artist. In exhibitions I have participated with my jewellery since 1967.
I like to make jewellery for a specific person. I never use designs for making jewellery – if I do not like the result, I’ll start all over. Things are different with my monumental works. Here I make a design, precise work drawing and often also a model. In spite of everything, making jewellery is my hobby, while monumental creation provides better experience and satisfaction.
My first monumental composition “Students” in front of the main building of TUT was completed in 1968. It became quickly the symbol of TUT and logo of the university has been designed on its basis. The mural “Demon” in Narva City Hospital was completed in 1974. Since then, wings of demon and angel are characteristic to my creation. Forged items and chandelier of Von Glehn Castle were completed in 1974–1989. The idea for lamps in the lobby of the Estonian National Library, completed in 1993, came to me in a tram. Now I make jewellery only for A-Gallery.- In the book “A-Gallery. Estonian art jewellery gallery for 20 years” (2014)
“I’ve always liked melting silver. This technique is great because you never know what the final result will be. When to say “Stop. That’s enough”. I never make sketches for my jewellery. In the case of this piece, I said stop at the right time; I was satisfied with the result. I named the piece BIRD. And in order for BIRD to shine more and adorn someone, a simple black necklace suits it best.” – Maire Morgen Hääl at the A-Gallery exhibition MEMORY CARDS (2019)