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One Rhineland-Palatinate 2022 State Prize goes to Jiun-You Ou and one Promotion Prize goes to Luisa Werner.

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Our graduates Jiun-You Ou (MFA 2019) and Luisa Werner (BFA 2021) are among the winners of this year's RLP State Prize and Promotional Award.

Jiun-You Ou (MFA 2019), Idar-Oberstein, received a state prize of €5,000.00 for her objects made of inkstone. The internationally active jewellery designer runs a studio in Idar-Oberstein. Luisa Werner (BFA 2021) receives a promotional award of €1000.00 for her jewellery made of pink aventurine.

The Rhineland-Palatinate State Prize and the Rhineland-Palatinate Arts and Crafts Promotion Prize are awarded every three years by the Association of Chambers of Crafts in Rhineland-Palatinate and the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of Rhineland-Palatinate. Awards are given to craftspeople and young talents from the fields of ceramics, jewellery, woodworking, textiles, musical instrument making, paper, stone working, metal design, wickerwork design, photography and gemstone cutting with outstanding quality works that show innovative techniques, exceptional design and forward-looking ideas. From 77 applications in this year's competition, 7 prize winners were selected. 

The selected pieces of the prize winners and competition participants will be on display in an exhibition at the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen from 29 April to 12 June 2022 and will be documented in a catalogue. 

In addition to our award winners, the exhibition also features works of Amelie Spitz (MFA 2017) and  Tanja Falkenhayner, lecturer at Campus Idar-Oberstein.

Excerpts from the jury's statements: 

Statement by Stefanie Wiebelhaus for Jiun-You Ou, State Prize 2022.

"Objects with the memory value of childhood find a completely new, fascinating and extraordinarily expressive staging in the project "yàn" by Ou Jiun-You. The five precisely crafted objects made of inkstone with silver clasps convince with their clear, unadorned language of form.
At first, the pieces of jewellery seem almost like filigree tools or each object itself like the representation of different calligraphy characters. But on closer inspection, one discovers the exciting, deconstructed functionality that elevates the objects, both in interaction and individually, to objects of art.
The alienation of the material and the combination of tradition, powerful design and excellent craftsmanship, convinced the jury overall."

Statement by UNK Kraus for Luisa Werner, 2022 Promotion Prize.

"With Luisa Werner's work, we embark on a pictorial journey. The barque of the necklace of the same name could be the means of transport to the land of the "goût d'enfance" necklace, which refers to childhood, and then to the more dramatic realms of the bony appearance of the untitled brooch.
Her works, gossamer-thinly engraved from blocks of pink aventurine and set with dyed textile ribbons illustrate a landscape of lightness, are extraordinarily sympathetic in their sketchiness and insouciance, while the colourfulness of the unpolished quartz with its skin-like feel almost courts support. Aventurines incidents that are worth getting involved with."

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