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Ulla & Martin Kaufmann

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
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Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 512131112
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When two become one

  • • Ulla and Martin create everything together
  • • Their creations are opulent yet simplistic
  • • They have developed their own techniques for working with gold

The story of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann is remarkable in many ways, but most importantly it is a story of two people that can only be told as if they were one. Both were born in Hildesheim in 1941, where they still live and work. Both have a traditional education in goldsmithing and silversmithing. Both have reached the status of master artisan. And together they have created an oeuvre that is at once an individual and a collaborative expression of the idea of “doing everything together”. Paradox is a key element of their creations of the last decade, which can be described as being simultaneously opulent and simplistic. Ulla and Martin Kaufmann have received numerous awards and many of their creations can be found in private and public collections.

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Works

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Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Tira

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann wanted to work with gold that is as thin as materially possible, while keeping its traits of flexibility and durability. To do so they developed their own techniques. They have adapted those techniques to create this gold bracelet, which is shaped from a single coil of gold with a matt finish.

Width 3.2 cm

Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
1 Metre

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann wanted to work with gold that is as thin as materially possible, while keeping its traits of flexibility and durability. To do so they developed their own techniques. They have adapted those techniques to create this gold bracelet, which is shaped from a single coil of gold with a matt finish.

Width 1.6 cm

Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Knick

This pair of salad serving spoons was handmade from stainless steel with a matt finish. The spoons were designed with a slight crease down their centre to give them additional grip.

Length 33 cm
Width 7.5 cm

Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Kuben

These gold plated brass containers were created as part of an exercise to understand the material and physical challenges of creating such a form from mounted sheets of brass. In doing so, Ulla and Martin Kaufmann wanted to create objects that were movable in order to break the perceived notion of inflexibility.

Length 15 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 15 cm

Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Einfach

This silver sculptural vessel was inspired by the sculptures of Richard Serra. It became clear to Ulla and Martin Kaufmann that they could also consider the vessel form for their jewellery work. To do so, they had to work the metal as thinly as possible and create their own metalwork techniques.

Length 32 cm
Width 31 cm
Height 27 cm

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