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Barbara Amstutz

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith
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By appointment only
Phone:
+41 613011862
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Silverware inspired by Switzerland

  • • Barbara makes silver bowls, tableware, religious vessels and sculptures
  • • She strives for a perfect blend of compelling design and skilful execution
  • • She also restores silverware, aiming to preserve an object's authenticity

Forging, raising, mounting, brazing, casting, surface refinishing... Barbara Amstutz masters all traditional silversmithing techniques, with which she creates artistically designed contemporary silverwork in her studio near Basel. She initially pursued academia, studying history, philosophy and comparative religious studies at university, but she never stopped being creative, and subsequently decided to commit herself entirely to metalwork. After years of training in Switzerland and abroad, she opened her own workshop in 2006. She enjoys the challenge of working silver by hand and by machine to create contemporary designs with traditional techniques, inspired by Switzerland and Swiss culture.

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Works

  • © Christopher Gmuender
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  • © Knud Dobberke
  • © Knud Dobberke
Photo: © Christopher Gmuender
Chladni Bowl Large

This steel-plate and silver bowl is a fine example of Barbara’s work in etching and silversmithing. She relies heavily on her auditory sense when shaping metal; this led her to research the effect of sound waves on rigid materials, and notably to study the techniques of German physicist Ernst Chladni (1756–1827), who invented a technique to show how resonance and vibrations create patterns on various surfaces.

Height 210 mm
Length 400 mm
Width 300 mm

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith
Photo: © Knud Dobberke
Müstair 9

The inspiration for this hand-crafted bowl came from the vaulted ceilings of the Benedictine Convent of St John in Müstair, in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The designs of these fascinating painted ceilings are interpreted as bowls or religious vessels.

Height 152 mm
Length 185 mm
Width 140 mm

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith
Photo: © Knud Dobberke
Two Chambers

The resilient human body was at the centre of Barbara’s inspiration for this piece, especially the duality of many of our organs: the two ventricles of the heart, two lungs, the two hemispheres of the brain.

Height 135 mm
Length 275 mm
Width 155 mm

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith
Photo: © Knud Dobberke
Pentagon Vase

The geometrical properties of a regular pentagon are demonstrated by this design. If lines are traced between alternate angles of the figure, a smaller pentagon will be formed in the centre, rotated by 180°. Looking into the vase from above, you will observe a seemingly infinite rotation of pentagons.

Height 207 mm
Diameter 77 mm

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith
Photo: © Knud Dobberke
Eaux de Vie 1 and 2

In the 1990s Barbara stumbled across an old 500 Swiss franc banknote depicting a purple orchid, a muscular human torso and two lungs. She made a sketch of it then forgot about it for many years until she finished the piece entitled Two Chambers. Wondered how to extend it upwards, she chanced upon the sketch of the lungs that became her inspiration.

Height 240 mm
Length 90 mm
Width 80 mm
Height 252 mm
Length 85 mm
Width 95 mm

Barbara Amstutz Silversmith

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