Peter Bauhuis was born in 1965 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. He studied at Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau and Academy of Fine Arts, Munich with Otto Künzli. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Basel; Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim. Since the mid 1990's Peter Bauhuis' output has been extensive and wide ranging, including jewellery, vessels, artist books and optical installations ranging in size from handheld to architectural. In 2000 he won the Debutanten prize of the Munich Academy of Fine Art and in 2001 the Prize of the City of Munich for Applied Arts. In 2011 he won the Bavarian Sate Award and in 2013 the main prize of the International Silver Triennal in Hanau, Germany. He lives and works in Munich, Germany.
Peter gives lectures and workshops at various schools and institutions in Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, USA; since 2008 he has been teaching at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence.
Peter Bauhuis is fascinated by the possibilities of casting metals. He understands and exploits the essential nature of the casting process - that molten metal flows as far as it can before it cools down to become solid. With very fine cavities, or too low a casting temperature the metal solidifies before it can completely fill the available volume. Used to advantage this can produce results that can't be totally controlled - metal anarchy! In the world of goldsmithing the precision relating to the processes and material usually control the result but here the main work is tied up in the preparation of the wax forms and then a combination of fate, experiential knowledge and intelligent anticipation take over.
Images: Peter Bauhuis, Muhamed, Leonhard, Adam et al. 2013. Pendants, silver, copper, gold, bronze.
Pravu Mazumdar studied physics in New Delhi and Munich and has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He lives as a writer and teacher in Munich. His areas of work include art and philosophy, and his books are closely related to French postmodernism, in particular the philosophy of Michel Foucault. Forthcoming is a book on jewellery titled 'Gold und Geist' (Gold and MInd), Berlin: Matthes & Seitz.
A recent jewellery related essay is to be found under the links:
Makers Move - Gitte Nygaard & Josephine Winther
Makers Move, a mobile jewellery workshop, is a project initiated and realized by Josephine Winther and Gitte Nygaard. Since 2012 they have been exploring the stories and meanings connected to portable objects and jewellery. Through this project Nygaard and Winther investigate how artifacts can transmit who and what we are, and become the open books of memory that enable us to access the past in the present and convey a history much larger than themselves.
Makers Move has been presented in Copenhagen, Paris, Gothenburg, Capetown and most recently in China.
Makers Move won the 2013 Biennale Prize for Design and Crafts in Copenhagen.
Images: Makers Move, on location in Paris, September 2013.
Gitte Nygaard (1970, DK) trained as a jeweller at Georg Jensen, Copenhagen and later graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Gitte’s work as a maker is placed in its own field between different scales and disciplines. Whether Gitte is working with jewellery or bigger scale projects, she is occupied with how jewellery and objects create relations to people – and between people.
Gitte has participated in various cooperation projects in public spaces in Durban, Mafikeng, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris to name a few. In 2009 she was nominated for 'Rotterdam Designprijs' together with Jair Straschnow Designprijs for their project for street children in Durban, South Africa. In 2012 was her jewellery collection 'Black two Binchotan' was nominated for the 'Doen Materiaalprijs’.
Josephine Winther (1964 DK) completed her goldsmith apprenticeship at Klaus Kromann between 1988 - 92 and has a MA from the Royal College of Art London.
Since 2014 she has held the position of Head of Accessory Design at Kolding Design School, Denmark.
Her jewellery and object work is about being present in the moment and using the senses to experience what kind of environment we find ourselves in.
She has exhibited at Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands; Frank Mayer Museum Mexico; Maison Danoise Paris; Velvet da Vinci San Francisco; the Cultural Institute Edinburgh; National Museet, Oslo; The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Tallinn; Design Museum Helsinki. Accepted in Kraks Blue Book 2008.
Atinuj (Atty) Tantivit
Atty Tantivit, born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, first experienced jewellery making in college while studying Environmental Science in the US. It was a short evening class on how to make a ring. She made her first ever ring with a hematite intaglio and sterling silver and she was hooked ever since.
Unfortunately, it took her five more years to get back to making jewellery again. After receiving her MA’s in Marine Policies, she found a workshop outside Miami where she then lived. It was only once a week but soon after that it was not her day job that kept her motivated. She realized for the first time that she not only enjoyed making jewellery, she wanted to do it everyday, all day long!It was a hard decision to leave a career path in science. However, she realized that the passion that she once ignored was still very much alive and it would be wrong to dismiss it this time.
Atty's path in jewellery making has taken her from the US to Europe and back to Asia. Atty moved back to Thailand in 2006 and has been making hand-made contemporary studio jewellery under the brand La Chiocciolina since 2007.
However, Atty still felt that she wanted more out of this field…a deeper understanding of contemporary jewellery …so she took a conceptual design course in Italy and visited many jewellery exhibitions and jewellery galleries in Europe in 2009. After being exposed to contemporary art jewellery scene in Europe, Atty has found her new calling…to open a contemporary art jewellery gallery in Thailand. After much research, networking and preparation, her vision became a reality with the opening of ATTA Gallery in August 2010.
ATTA, means "SELF" in Pali—an ancient Indian language also used in Thai. Atty intends to promote self-expression of jewellery artists as well as wearers alike. ATTA Gallery exhibits works of established and emerging jewellery artists, local and international, in order to promote the use of jewellery as a medium for artistic expression, as well as to promote the art of contemporary jewellery to a wider public.