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Sonja Seidl

Originating from a traditional background as a silversmith and craftsman I explored my ideas in a more experimental way during my studies at the Royal College of Art in London.
Metalwork can be the expression of one’s self just as sculpture may be. Silverware and jewellery may not only be for functional construction and use, but for the expression of form, thought or sensation. Therefore I do not feel constrained to silversmithing or goldsmithing, but like to choose whatever technique, object or material suits my idea. However I focus mainly on crafting in metal, where I see many possibilities still open.
I strongly believe that handwork in itself has value, which cannot be substituted by technology. That is the enjoyment of being actively involved in the challenge of the physical matter.

31. Oct. 1973 Born in Vilsbiburg, Bavaria. Father farmer, mother teacher for mathematics, two younger brothers.
Sept. 1980 – July 1993 Attending school at A-Level, Gymnasium Vilsbiburg, Germany
Aug. 1993 – July 1994 Work experience in the tailoring workshop of a theatre, Stadt Theater Landshut in Germany.
Sept. 1994 – July 1995 Study of Art History at the University of Passau, Germany.
Sept. 1995 – July 1998 Apprenticeship as a silversmith at the State College for Glass & Jewellery in Neugablonz, Germany.
Sept. 1998 – Sept. 2002 Work experience at the silversmithing workshop of Georg Jensen in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at a goldsmithing workshop in Landshut, Germany
Oct. 2002 – July 2004 MA Study at the Royal College of Art, London
June 2004 – present Selfemployed work and continued work at the silversmithing workshop of Georg Jensen in Copenhagen, Denmark

1998 State prize for the completion of the silversmithing apprenticeship with the highest possible mark.
2003 Goldsmith’s Craftmanship & Design Awards, 2nd prize.
ESG Robinson Charitable Trust Award for the Royal Mint Medal Design Competition.
2004 Goldsmith’s Craftmanship & Design Awards, commendation.
Distinction on MA Dissertation Gold or Felt?
2005 Pewter Live Open Competition, 2nd prize.
Travel Award by the Georg Jensen Foundation

2003 "Goldsmith’s Craftmanship & Design Awards" Exhibition at the Goldsmith's Hall, London
2004 "Goldsmith’s Craftmanship & Design Awards" Exhibition at the Goldsmith's Hall, London
"The Show One" Final Exhibition at the Royal College of Art, London
"New Designers" Fair, London
"Dressing for Dinner" at the Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum, London
"TeaTotal" at the Crafts Council Gallery Shop, London
"New Designers" at the ExpoArte Smykkegalleri, Oslo
2005 Pewter Live 2005, Pewterers Hall, London
Danner-Prize Exhibition of the Danner Foundation, Bavarian National Museum, Munich
The Watkins Era, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London

Vogue UK March 2005
Exhibition catalogue Danner-Preis 2005 ISBN 3-422-06557-1