BETTINA SPECKNER

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Jun
08

BETTINA SPECKNER Born in 1962 in Offenburg, Deutschland, Bettina Speckner began her studies in the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. H. Sauerbruch. After a few years she moved to the jewelry department under Professor Herman Jünger receiving her diploma from Professor Otto Künzli. Bettina Speckner has received many awards and accolades for her work including the prestigious Herbert Hoffmann Prize, commendations for the Danner Prize and The Prize of the State of Bavaria. Since her first solo exhibition in 1995, she has shown internationally, both in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows including Brooching it Diplomatically, curated by Helen Drutt English and Micromegas curated by Otto Kunzli. Since her first solo exhibition in 1995, her work has been widely exhibited abroad, both in solo and group exhibitions, including Brooching it Diplomatically, curated by Helen Drutt English, Micromegas curated by Otto Künzli, Maker Wearer Viewer , Contemporary Narrative European Jewelery curated by Jack Cunningham at the Mackintosh Gallery (Glasgow School of Art) in 2005, or Multiple Exposures - Jewelry and photography, curated by Ursula Ilse-Neumann at MAD New York in 2014.Her works are present in the most important public collections, including the Helsinki Design Museum, […]

JUDY McCAIG

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Jun
08

        JUDY McCAIG Judy McCaig is a Scottish jeweller, printmaker and painter who since 1991 lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.   Born in Edinburgh, she studied art and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee, Scotland from 1975-79. In 1980, she post-graduated one year specialising in jewellery and photography. On the same year, she was awarded The Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship. From 1980-83 she studied Master of Arts (M.A.) at The Royal College of Art in London. She travelled extensively in Europe after finishing college and on her return to London, studied printmaking for three years and set up studio there. Since 2001 until present she has taught at the Massana School of Art in Barcelona and since 2009 at Taller Perill, Barcelona, also acting as visiting lecturer in Schools in USA, Germany, Portugal and Scotland, Spain, Chile, Argentina and Canada.   Her work is part of many public and private collections and has been shown extensively at galleries and museums around the world. She notably participated in some pioneering exhibitions such as Jewellery Moves at the National Museum of Scotland. STATEMENT As my work has, so has my working process changed […]

JAMIE BENNETT

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Jun
07

ABOUT Born in 1948 in Philadelphia, Jamie Bennett is an American artist and educator known for his enamel jewellery. He is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York at New Paltz Metal/Jewellery Program, which he directed from 1986 to 2014. AWARDS Recognized in 2016 with the James Renwick Alliance’s Outstanding Educator Award, Bennett is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships as well as the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Fellow of the American Crafts Council. Bennett’s retrospective exhibition Edge of the Sublime: The Enamels of Jamie Bennett travelled throughout the US from 2007 to 2010, supported by grants from the Windgate Foundation and the Rotasa Foundation. SEE HIS WORK His work is in the permanent collection of over twenty-five museums internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. For some time I have been interested in how various cultures portray nature as an explanation of beauty. How nature is mediated by ornamentation and aestheticized continues to hold my interest. Particularly […]

ATTAI CHEN

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Nov
29

ABOUT Born in a family of artists in 1979 in Jerusalem, Attai Chen lives and works in Munich, since 2007. In 2006, he graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and then moved to Germany, where he studied at the Academy Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. Otto Künzli and graduated in 2012. Described by Glenn Adamson (critic, author, independent curator, and former director of MAD New York) as "a prodigy of contemporary jewelry", Attai Chen received an early recognition from his peers, even though he was still a student. He won the Herbert Hofmann Prize in Munich in 2010 and the Oberbayerischer Prize for Applied Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the Andy Prize for Contemporary Art, which earned him a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. CAPTURING TIME Attai Chen strives to capture the Nature and the living matter it from the angle of temporality, to grasp their forms and cycles through their signs of growth and decay. Whatever the series, Terra Mutantica or Compounding Fractions, the artist  twists the traditional and ornamental conception of jewelry inside out and back again and confronts us without any complacency to the […]

CARINA SHOSHTARY

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Nov
29

ABOUT Of German and Iranian descent, Carina Shoshtary was born in 1979 in a family of musicians in Augsburg, Germany. She trained as a goldsmith in Neugablonz, Germany, from 2001 to 2004 and studied art jewellery under Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, from 2006 to 2012, graduating in 2012 as a "Meisterschüler". HUNTER-GATHERER 3.0 Carina Shoshtary operates with the pragmatism of a modern hunter-gatherer. In a perfect osmosis with her environment, she patiently gathers all the materials that she comes upon : shells of dried fruits or seashells, dry or driftwood, paper and especially fragments of urban graffiti.For several years now, she has been collecting one of the main raw materials of her works, notably in Munich, on one of the few legal walls attributed by the city to street art. Like a gatherer watching for the fall of the fruit of its tree, not only does she have to wait for the fragments of these contemporary frescoes to fall but also to deal with the necessary limits imposed by the colour palettes used by the graffiti-artists. In a pointillist manner, she then reduces them into myriads of sequins, covering the surface of volumes that […]

RAMON PUIG CUYÀS

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Oct
31

Ramon Puig Cuyas Born in 1953 in Matarò, Barcelona, Ramon Puig Cuyàs is one of the greatest masters of contemporary art jewellery. Between 1969 and 1974, he studied arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and jewellery design at Escola Massana in Barcelona, where he graduated in 1969. He taught there from 1977 and became head of the department of jewellery design. As a teacher, he has been invited by schools and universities in England, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Portugal. His works are featured in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums and private collections around the world. He has received the Herbert Hoffmann Prize on three occasions and the Barcelona Premis Ciutat in 2011. ARTISTIC STATEMENT Creating is my way of satisfying an indefinable need to transform, construct, illuminate, to turn the invisible into the visible and to be able to do so with my own hands. The act of creation is as though a journey to conquer an innermost sense of freedom, and to satisfy a deep desire to feel myself alive. I am impelled to commence each new work by the need to respond to a challenge, that of turning a pre-feeling into a real […]

PER SUNTUM

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Oct
27

PER SUNTUM An internationally acclaimed art jeweller, Per Suntum lives and works on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. After obtaining Hans Hansen’s silver medal in 1965, he moved to Ireland in 1967 where he worked for a few years at Rionore before leaving Europe for Asia. For more than ten years, he studied and traveled between Asia and North Africa before finally returning to Denmark in 1981. He then resumed his goldsmith training at the College for Silversmithing and Jewellery and graduated in 1985. His work is included in many public and private collections and he has received numerous awards including the Danish Arts Foundation’s Life Long Granting and the Price of Distinction from Inga and Ejvind Kold Christensen's Foundation. ARTISTIC STATEMENT This is jewellery as an intimate sign. The human being lives daily with countless choices between intellect and emotion, between enthusiasm for technological development and an appreciation for the sublimity of nature. A piece of jewellery can create contact with this person. It must contain soulfulness as a prerequisite, so that the observer as well as the wearer of the jewellery is moved, is seduced, takes time for contemplation, feels excited, even provoked. I try to create these […]

KAORI JUZU

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Oct
27

ABOUT Kaori Juzu is a contemporary art jeweller from Fukuoka, Japan. In 2008 the artist completed her apprenticeship with goldsmith Per Suntum and started her individual artistic practice. Her jewellery is forced beyond familiar boundaries with a sophisticated mix of techniques, an experimental continuation of enamelwork. The result is a new and seductive expression within a beautiful harmony in the shape of jewellery. Juzu’s work has been featured in both private and public collections that include Designmuseum Denmark, Koldinghus Museum, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Cominelli Foundation. ARTISTIC STATEMENT I aspire to work solely for the sake of inspiration – before the mind begins to devour the joy ofinspiration. Creating jewellery is a completely open process, where shapes, colours and sizes meet and interact. This process unfolds in a constant dialogue between hand, metal and enamel. In thisintensive process layers of colour are built up until such moment : like the moon gleaming on water – soft lifting, serene, subdued, yet strong enough to take on life as well as form. As each shape interacts with the space around it, the shapes should elevate each segment and colour and also hold all the elements aloft. In such a space […]

ARATA FUCHI

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Jun
01

ABOUT Arata Fuchi was born in 1975 in Japan, where he graduated from the Department of Industrial Design of Tokyo Zokei University. He began his career working for 4 years for a manufacturer of watches and jewelry. He then continued his studies with an intensive goldsmith training at «Le Arti Orafe», a jewelery school located in Florence, Italy. Since 2006, he creates his own jewelry and divides his time between Japan and Italy. ALCHEMY OF METALS Arata Fuchi draws his inspiration from the Japanese concept of beauty, according to which the "beauty of form is created by nature and not by artifice" and from the idea of "vitality of nature". To express them, the Japanese artist has developed a  process adapted from a traditional technique from South Korea called Kum-Bu (Keum-Boo). From trial to error, he has gradually managed to create an original technique that he called "pulverization". It consists of covering the surface with silver powder to make the surfaces rough and irregular. SEE HIS WORKS Arata Fuchi is an internationally recognized artist: his works are regularly shown in group exhibitions in Europe and the United States and are part of permanent collections of museums such as the Cooper […]

PAUL ADIE

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May
30

ABOUT AWARDS FOLLOW HIM Born in 1984 in Glasgow, Scotland, Paul Adie lives and works in Munich. After a BA (Hons) in foreign languages (Spanish and Russian) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, he decided to focus on contemporary jewelry. He first graduated in «Artistic Jewel» from Escola Massana in Barcelona, under the direction of Ramón Puig Cuyàs then continued his training in Munich and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts.   In 2016, he was one of the finalists of Talente (HMI, Munich) as well as of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewelry, given by the Funaki Gallery, in Melbourne, Australia.In 2018, his work was selected for the LOEWE Craft Prize and is currently exhibited at the Design Museum in London. Personal websiteInstagramInterview on Craftscotland.org