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© Jürgen Baumann
© Celine and Konrad Jünger
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© Celine and Konrad Jünger
© Celine and Konrad Jünger

Ludwig Menzel

Ludwig Menzel Silversmith
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 15777787838
© Celine and Konrad Jünger

Creativity tamed and untamed

  • • Ludwig experiments with the notion of the known
  • • Innovation and tradition can be found in form and technique
  • • He feels enjoyment of craft is vital for its future

In 1964 Ludwig Menzel was born into a family of ceramicists. However, he pursued a different path. In 1990, upon completion of his education at the Zeichenakademie Hanau, he joined the workshop of the internationally renowned goldsmith and silversmith Hermann Jünger. For ten years he learned from the grand master, refining his skills and expanding his knowledge of materials and techniques before building up his own workshop in Berlin, which has been the base for his work since 1997. Out of this laboratory of ideas, Ludwig has developed an outstanding aesthetic in which his playful urge to experiment and question the familiar manifests through technical mastery. Therefore, his works are an expression of both tamed and untamed creativity, something that has been recognised nationally as well as internationally.

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Works

  • © Carsten Bölter
  • © Carsten Bölter
  • © Carsten Bölter
  • © Konrad Jünger
  • © Jürgen Baumann
Photo: © Carsten Bölter
V.BR.C.01, V.BR.C.02

These two vessels are individually cast from bronze. They serve both a functional purpose, standing on three thin rock-like legs, as well as a decorative purpose through their intricate sculptural appearance.

Photo: © Carsten Bölter
V.AG.C.05

This sculptural vessel has been cast from sterling silver. As with many of Ludwig Menzel’s pieces, it serves both a functional purpose and a decorative one. Its intricately shaped exterior comprises meticulously assembled nails.

Photo: © Carsten Bölter
V.AG.C.06

This sculptural vessel has been cast from sterling silver. As with many of Ludwig Menzel’s pieces, it serves both a functional purpose and a decorative one. Its intricately shaped exterior comprises meticulously assembled nails.

Photo: © Konrad Jünger
B.AG.C.02

This bowl has been cast from sterling silver. As with many of Ludwig Menzel’s pieces, it serves both a functional and decorative purpose, with its sculptural, puzzle-like surface.

Photo: © Jürgen Baumann
O.AG.03

This sculptural vessel has been cast from sterling silver. As with many of Ludwig Menzel’s pieces, it serves both a functional and a decorative purpose, with its intricately shaped exterior form.

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