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Ulla & Martin Kaufmann

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
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The aesthetics of simultaneity

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

The story of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann is remarkable in many ways, but most importantly it is a story that can only be told together. Both were born in Hildesheim in 1941, where they still live and work. Both have a traditional education in the gold and silversmith craft. Both of them reached the rank of a master artisan. And together they created an oeuvre that is at the same time an individual and collaborative expression of “We do everything together”, unity as singularity. Paradox is a key element to 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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Tira

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann wanted to work with gold 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 to this gold bracelet shaped from a single coil of matt finish gold.

Width 3.2 cm

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
1 Metre

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann wanted to work with gold 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 to this gold bracelet shaped from a single coil of matt finish gold.

Width 1.6 cm

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Knick

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

Length 33 cm
Width 7.5 cm

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Kuben

These gold-plated brass containers were created as part of an exercise to understand how Ulla & Martin Kaufmann could work this form from mounted sheets of brass in terms of material and physical challenges. In doing so, they 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

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith
Photo: © Martin Kaufmann
Einfach

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

Length 32 cm
Width 31 cm
Height 27 cm

Ulla & Martin Kaufmann Silversmith

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