• Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Perth, Western Australia, Australia
I grew up in Pforzheim, a city of jewellers and watchmakers in West Germany, located at the northern end of the Black Forest. My ancestors lived in the city for several centuries, binding logs together to float to the timber mills. It is a lovely area, similar to Donnybrook where I live, in that it opens up to timber country.

In Pforzheim I first gained an apprenticeship as a goldsmith and then studied for a diploma in jewellery design. I then worked as a jewellery designer, creating prototypes which went into limited edition production lines. I learned techniques in the industry I never would have learned at art school. It is a very different approach.

After my emigration to Western Australia in 1985 I taught jewellery design at Bunbury TAFE for five years, conducted many workshops and taught at Albany Summer School for seven years.

Very quickly my work was presented throughout the country and I exhibited both in Australia and overseas. My work is represented in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the City of Bunbury Art Collection. I was first prize winner and Highly Commended in the Bunbury South West Survey Exhibitions for 5 consecutive years in the 1990ies.

I get inspired by architecture as well as nature. Travelling in Australia, experiencing the Outback and in awe with the Australian landscape, I deeply enjoy the land and a simple country life style. The Australian landscape never ceases to amaze me. I transform into metal that which already has been put into form.

Born 1954 in Pforzheim, West Germany
Emigrated to Western Australia in 1985

1985 Training in Centrifugal Casting - Siegfried Lippa & Co., Pforzheim, W. Germany
1977 - 81 Diploma in Jewellery Design from the Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung, Pforzheim, W. Germany - Studied under Professor Klaus Ullrich and Professor Reinhold Reiling
1972 - 76 Trade Certificate as a Goldsmith and Jeweller from the Chamber of Commerce, Karlsruhe, W. Germany

2012 Jewellery for Beginners workshop, CWA Hall, Balingup, WA
2011 Jewellery for Beginners, WA Arts Access Workshop at Bridgetown Lesser Hall, WA
2008 - 12 Introduction to Jewellery Making, Workshop at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA
2008 Jewellery for Beginners, Workshop at the Stirling Street Arts Centre, Bunbury, WA
2007 - 14 Jewellery for Beginners, Lecturer at Albany Summer School, Albany, WA
1994 - 95 Mentor in several marketing and business skill courses for artists and crafts people organised by
the Chamber of Commerce, Bunbury, and Systems Intellect, Perth
1986 - 91 Part-time lecturer in Jewellery, South West College of TAFE, Bunbury, WA
Since 1985 Self-employed Designer/Jeweller in Donnybrook, WA
1984 - 85 Self-employed as well as free-lance Designer/Jeweller for several jewellery companies
1981 - 84 Designer/Jeweller at Alfred Schenkel & Co. and Siegfried Becker & Co., Pforzheim
1980 Goldsmith for Professor Klaus Ullrich, Pforzheim/Wuerm

2018 Dardanup Art Spectacular, Dardanup Art Prize, Highly Commended
1996 South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
2nd Major Award (Highly Commended) in the Applied and Decorative Arts
1994 & 95 South West Survey, Bunbury Art Galleries
Major Award (Best Overall) in the Decorative Arts
1992 & 93 South West Survey, Bunbury Art Galleries
Major Award (Best Overall) in the Applied and Decorative Arts

1993 & 99 Bunbury City Collection, Bunbury
1992 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1990 & 91 Alice Craft Acquisition, Crafts Council of the Northern Territory, Alice Springs

Exhibitions – selected
2019 Imaginary Voyage, Collie Art Gallery, Collie, WA
2018 Dardanup Art Spectacular, Dardanup, WA
2016 South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA
2013 The Interactive Jewellery Show, The Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2012 Aurum, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA
2009 Stark, ArtGeo Gallery, Busselton, WA
2008 Surveys Past, Award Winners Retrospective 1987 – 2007, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA
2007 The Christmas Collection 2007, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
2007 -20 Christmas Shop, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA
2006 BACCH 5, Gorepani Gallery, Albany, WA
In the Pink, Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
2005 South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA
Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Invitation Exhibition, Bunbury, WA
Chequers, The Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2003 Shades of Monet, Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
2002 Australia-Korea Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration, Mokkumto Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001 In Orbit, with Dan Mazotti, Yallingup Galleries, Yallingup, WA
2000 Display of work for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinbourgh,
Rotary Park, Busselton, WA
Postcards and Packages, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA
1998 A Brush with South West Australian Artists, The Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
18th National Craft Acquisition Award, Invitation Exhibition, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
Recognition, Solo Exhibition, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA