From 102 entries from 25 countries, the jury selected three prize winners and two commendations. This year, the third prize of the BKV Prize 2021 for Young Arts and Crafts was awarded to Vanessa Zöller, an MFA graduate in Gemstones and Jewellery.
Her brooch "Erbstück" (Heirloom) will be exhibited alongside the other award-winning works of the prize winners and commended artists as well as the works of the 11 finalists in the Gallery of the Bavarian Arts and Crafts Association from 23 April to 15 May 2021.
This year's finalists include Felicia Mülbaier, who also graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Gemstones and Jewellery, and the two former exchange students Triin Kukk and Empar Juanes Sanchis, who each spent a semester at Campus Idar-Oberstein.
The "Erbstück" brooch is part of the Master's Thesis Vanessa Zöller made in the course of her studies in Gemstones and Jewellery. The jury justified its decision as follows:
A woolly hat fit for a doll? More of a loose-fitting bonnet, in fact. Just like the ones our grandmothers would have worn to avoid flattening their coiffures. At the top, however, is a circular opening with individual hairs protruding from it. They appear almost prickly, as if seeking to protect the inte- rior of this nest-like form and only grudgingly permitting a glance inside.Vanessa Zöller turns her grandmother’s pearls into a brooch in a highly original way: she connects and cro- chets around them with a self-spun thread made from wool and human hair. »Erbstück« – Heirloom – is the name given to this piece of jewelry that, upon viewing, evokes a number of ambivalent feelings. It is moving; it inspires curiosity; it promises stories. At the same time, it remains reserved, personal and private. Just as an heirloom should.
Apprenticeship at the Berufliches Schulzentrum Odenwaldkreis BSO in Michelstadt, profession ivory carver
Studie of Gemstones and Jewellery, Trier University of Applied Sciences, graduated with B.F.A.
Studies of Gemstones and Jewellery, Trier University of Applied Sciences, graduated with M.F.A.
First prize: Jonas Noël Niedermann, Denmark, Næstved
Second prize: Danni Chen, Germany, Munich
Third prize: Vanessa Zöller, Germany, Idar-Oberstein
Commendation: Eunji Han, Korea, Yangchon-eup
Commendation: Charlotte Vanhoubroeck Belgium, Ghent
Dovilė Bernadišiūtė, born 1990 in Vilnius / Lithuania, lives in Stockholm / Sweden, jewellery
Ruhong Chen, born 1995 in Fujian / China, lives in Shanghai / China, jewellery
Dennis Demand, born 1988 in Dormagen, lives in Altdorf-Pfettrach, ceramics
Empar Juanes Sanchis, born 1990 in València / Spain, lives in Aachen, jewellery
Maria Kiialainen, born 1989 in Helsinki / Finland, lives in Berlin, jewellery
Triin Kukk, born 1990 in Tartu / Estonia, lives in Tallinn / Estonia, jewellery
Viktória Maróti, born 1990 in Szeged / Hungary, lives in Szeged / Hungary, ceramics
Felicia Mülbaier, born 1988 in Speyer, lives in Mannheim, jewellery
Lotte Schlör, born 1993 in Munich, lives in Munich, ceramics
Kazuhiro Toyama, born 1994 in Tokyo / Japan, lives in Tokyo / Japan, device
Lifu Zhou, born 1994 in Xianyang / China, lives in Pforzheim, jewellery
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