Nearly Nothing: Jewellery and Vessels Created by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann
–3 Nov 2019
From jewellery to vessels: Metalwork by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann
The works of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are characterised by curved, simple forms. For more than 50 years, their partnership has produced award-winning and trend-setting metal work in silver and gold. A sample of their jewellery, cutlery, vessels and other objects will be exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim until 3 November.
Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are among the most important goldsmiths today. They have worked in their home town-atelier in Hildesheim since 1970, producing a wide range of works. In the 1980s and 1990s, for example, they designed the cutlery lines “Palladio” and “Passione” for Wilkens; today their focus is gold jewellery, influenced by sculptors such as Richard Serra.
In several of their jewellery pieces, such as the “Nearly Nothing” necklace, they use a technique that dispenses with the need for clasps: the pieces of gold jewellery swing like ribbons around the shape of the wearer, held in place only by tension and curvature. Precision craftsmanship, high quality and well thought-out designs have already earned the pair numerous design awards for their collaborative creations.