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Florian Weichsberger

  • Jewellery maker
  • Munich, Germany
  • Rising Star
Florian Weichsberger Jewellery maker
German, English, Italian,
By appointment only
©Mirei Takeuchi

The Earth's materiality

  • • Florian examines a material until he finds an aspect that interests him
  • • Experimenting and material testing is a crucial part of his work
  • • His work can be found in design museums in Munich and the Netherlands

Florian Weichsberger was born and raised in Umbria, Italy. Following his graduation from school, he enrolled at Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz State School for Glass and Jewellery. Florian knew after his technical training that he wanted to pursue a career in jewellery. He was delighted to find a place right away at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Otto Künzli. In his work, he explores a material until he finds an aspect that interests him. The way in which Florian sees different materials, such as plastic, ceramics, or jet, often depends on their characteristics or how they have traditionally been used. For example ceramics symbolizes food in day-to-day life and nature, through earth and soil. With his jewellery series, he combines different materials in a way that places the wearer physically in relation to their surroundings. His work was recognized with the Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2017.

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Brooch, Moon #4

A layer of black paint was applied on the backside of the round mirror, the surface was then processed, so the different layers become visible and reminiscent of the moon. It is set in a silver frame designed to be worn as a brooch.

Diameter 9.5 cm

Photo: ©Mirei Takeuchi
Brooch, Sun #9

A half copper disc and gold wires are soldered together and a three-dimensional structure created. It can be worn as a brooch. The piece symbolises the sun.

Diameter 7 cm

Photo: ©Mirei Takeuchi
Brooch, Earth #4

A disc of jet was carved out of a block, the outside is left rough while the inside is finely polished. A prong setting made of blackened iron holds the piece and makes it wearable as a brooch.

Diameter 9.5 cm

Photo: ©Mirei Takeuchi
Pendant, Warrior #2.3

The movable part of the pendant reminds us of a knife which is held by an oxidized iron cover. The piece looks aggressive and sharp, but has no clear function and can’t be used as a weapon.

Length 23 cm
Width 3.5 cm
Height 0.7 cm

Photo: ©Mirei Takeuchi
Pendants, Warrior #1.3, #1.1, #1.4, #1.6, #1.5

These pendants consist of blade or pin-like steel parts hanging in a round tube, the sharp parts stick out at different lengths, if they are used to stab, the parts retract into the handle. When worn they make sounds like a bell.

Length 20 cm
Width 1.5 cm
Height 1.5 cm

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