Gerda Flöckinger CBE

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

c/o Marsden Woo Gallery
17 - 18 Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DN
T: 020 7336 6396

and

Mobilia Gallery
358 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States.

Biography:

"My first real journey to Italy in 1951 was a revelation and had a profound effect on me. The following year I saw the Biennale and Ravenna, and it was there that I knew I wanted to learn to make jewellery in a modern way." Gerda Flöckinger.

 

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Awards:

1991 C B E
1998 Freeman, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
2006 Made Honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts

Education:

1945-50 (Studied) Painting, St Martin’s School of Art, London
1950-52 (Studied) Etching, Central School of Art, London 1952-56 (Studied) Jewellery Design and Making, Enamelling, Central School of Art, London

Teaching
1962-68 Hornsey College of Art, created a new Modern Jewellery Course

Public Collections:

Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, England
The Crafts Council, London, England
Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham, England
The Royal Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland
Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (jewellery, photographs and drawings)
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England (jewellery and photographs)
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Exhibitions:

Solo Shows:

2007
Electrum Gallery

2006
'V & A Showcase Exhibition' (with Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins)

1991
‘Gerda Flöckinger – Jewellery to Celebrate Her CBE’, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

1986
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

1977
Dartington Cider Press Gallery, Dartington, England

1971
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Bristol City Art Gallery & Museum, Bristol, England - Graphics, poster and catalogue by Jeremy Rees, Arnolfini Gallery.

1968
'British Crafts Centre', London, England

Group Shows:

2011
'1971-2011 Past, Present and Future: Electrum at 40', Electrum Gallery
'Collect' with Electrum, London, Saatchi Gallery

2010
'Collect' with Electrum, London, Saatchi Gallery

2009
'Collect' with Electrum, London, Saatchi Gallery
'SOFA/New York' with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'La Creme', Lesley Craze Gallery 25th anniversary.

2008
'TEFAF' - Maastricht with Adrian Sassoon
'Collect' with Adrian Sassoon, London, Victoria and Albert Museum

2007
'Celebrating the Art of Adornment: Studio Jewelry from Mid-Century to the Present' - Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'Jewelry by Artists:' The Daphne Farago Collection Museum of Fine Art Boston, MA, USA
'SOFA/Chicago'with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'SOFA/New York'with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'Collect' with Adrian Sassoon, V and A, London

2006
'V and A Showcase Exhibition', V and A together with the Crafts Council, London
'SOFA/Chicago' with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'SOFA/New York' with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'Collect' with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, V and A, London

2005
'Sofa/New York', with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'CELEBRATING 30 YEARS', a Crafts Council exhibition in the Crafts Council shop at the V & A, catalogue
'INTERNATIONAL ART AND DESIGN FAIR', with Clare Beck at Adrian Sasoon, London
'Sofa/Chicago' with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA, USA
'ON THE CUFF', The Goldsmiths' Company, London
'Collect' - with the Crafts Council at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London (also exhibited 1971-9, 1980-89, 1991-2004)

2004
'Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition', Electrum Gallery, London
'20 Years Lesley Craze Gallery' - at the Lesley Craze Gallery 20th Anniversary, London
'Sofa/Chicago' - with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA
'The International Art+Design Fair', New York - with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London
'Sofa/New York' - with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA
'Collect'- with the Crafts Council at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2003
'Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition', Electrum Gallery, London
'Sofa/Chicago' - with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA
'The International Art+Design Fair', New York - with Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London
'Sofa/New York' - with Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. USA
‘Love Story’, the Goldsmiths' Company, Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
‘Love and Marriage’, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
‘The Ring’, a travelling exhibition in the USA, inspired by Sophie Lambert’s Book, The Ring - Ruthin Arts Centre, etc

2002
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London.

2001
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London.
‘The Ring’, a travelling exhibition in the USA, inspired by Sophie Lambert’s Book, The Ring - Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts; Colorado Springs Arts Centre, Racine Wisconsin; University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, USA

2000
‘Paper, Plastics, Palladium and Pearls’, Lesley Craze Gallery, London, England
‘Het Versierde Ego – Het Kunstjuweel In De 20ste Eeuw’, Koningin Fabiolazaal, Antwerp, Belgium
‘Treasures of the Twentieth Century’, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England

1999
‘25 Years of Contemporary British Craft’, – Part I, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘The Pleasures of Peace’, Jewellery and enamels, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1998
‘Introducing Contemporary British Jewellery’, a travelling USA exhibition organised by the Crafts Council – Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston (curated by Gail M. Brown); The Miller Gallery, New York; SOFA, New York
‘Jewellery Moves’, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
‘British Gold - Italian Gold / Oro Italiano – Oro Britannico’, a travelling exhibition – The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Galerie Dilmos, Milan, Italy; Oratorio San Rocco, Padua, Italy; Studio GR20, Padua, Italy
‘50th Anniversary Exhibition’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1997
‘British Master Goldsmiths’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1996
‘The Innovators’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Straight From The Heart’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘New Times, New Thinking: Jewellery in Europe and America’, Crafts Council, London, England
Ear Rings, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1995
‘Modern British Jewellery’, Landesmuseum Mainz, Germany
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1994
‘What is Jewellery?’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1993
"Today’s Jewels – From Paper to Platinum",Lesley Craze Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1992
V&A Showcase – ‘Gifts for Valentines’, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘Influential Europeans in British Design and Craft’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, England and touring
‘British Goldsmiths of Today’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘Arts and Crafts to Avant-Garde: Aspects of British Craft from 1880 to the Present’, Royal Festival Hall, London, England
‘25 Years in Covent Garden’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England
'Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition', Electrum Gallery, London, England

1991
‘The Twentieth Anniversary Show’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Cufflinks’, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘Contemporary English Crafts’, Sheehan Gallery, Washington DC, USA
‘Beyond the Dovetail’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, England and touring
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1990
‘Stoned – An Exhibition of 60s Jewellery’, Cobra & Bellamy, London, England

1989
‘Rings’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
‘Ornamenta 1 – Internationale Schmuckkunst’, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
'British Jewellery', Crafts Council Gallery, London
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1988
‘The Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Award Exhibition’, Sotheby’s, London, England
‘Crafts Classics since the 1940s’, Crafts Council, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1987
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1986
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1985
‘Twentieth Century Jewellery’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
'Theo Crosby’s Sixtieth Birthday Exhibition', Theo Crosby & Polly Hope Studio, London, England
‘Recent Acquisitions’, by the Goldsmiths’ Company 1975-1985, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
Group Exhibition, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
‘A Collection in the Making’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1984
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1983
‘Twentieth Century British Jewellery’, David Thomas Studio, London, England. Group Exhibition, West Dean College, Chichester, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1982
‘The Maker’s Eye’, Crafts Council Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1981
‘The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Handmade in Britain’, A Selection of Craft From the Craft’s Council Collection, Stoke-On-Trent City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent, England
‘British Women’s Art’, House of Commons, London, England
‘10th Anniversary of Electrum Gallery’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1980
‘Schmuck International 1900-1980’, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
‘Email, Schmuck und Gerät’, Galerie am Graben, Vienna, Austria & Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘Acquisitions, Drawings and Designs, 1977-1980’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1979
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1978
‘Schmuckobjekte’, Galerie Atrium, Basle, Switzerland
‘Objects the V&A Collects’, – Acquisitions Between 1974-1978, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1977
‘Seven Enamellists’, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
‘Schmuck 77 – Tendenzen’, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
‘Masterpiece’, British Crafts Centre, London, England
‘Explosion – Talent Today’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
'Diamond Story', Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1976
‘Treasures of London’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
Six Contemporary Jewellers, Jewellery Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
‘Exhibition of Liturgical Arts’, Philadelphia Civic Centre, Philadelphia, USA
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1975
‘Organic Jewellery’, organised by East Midland Arts, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1974
‘The Modern Goldsmith’, Chapter House, Christ Church College Oxford, England - an exhibition organised by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
‘Seven Golden Years’, – Acquisitions Since 1967, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘British Contemporary Design’, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA organised by the Crafts Advisory Committee
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1973
‘The Observer Jewellery Exhibition’, a travelling exhibition organised by the Welsh Arts Council - National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales; Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England; Liverpool City Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
‘The Craftsman’s Art’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England organised by the Crafts Advisory Committee
‘Hand and Machine’, – part of europalia ’73, Design Centre Brussels, Belgium, organised by the Crafts Council and the British Council
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
‘British Jewellery’, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany
‘British Jewellers’, Oslo Kunstindustrimuseum, Oslo, Norway, organised by the World Crafts Council and touring
‘Aspects of Modern Jewellery’, touring exhibition - Electrum Gallery, London, England; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1972
‘Twenty Modern Jewellers’, Electrum Gallery, London, England
‘Sieraad 1900-1972’, Zonnehof Museum, Amersfoort, Netherlands
‘Concepts of Modern Jewellery’, Electrum Gallery, London, England and Aberdeen, Scotland
‘5000 Years of Gold Jewellery’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1971
Opening Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England
'A Thousand Years of Enamel', Wartski, London, England
‘Christmas Show’, Electrum Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London, England

1970
‘International Jewellery Art Exhibition’, Tokyo, Japan
Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
‘EXPO’, Osaka, Japan
‘British Modern Crafts Art Exhibition’, Seibu, Tokyo, Japan

1969
‘Ringe Aus Vier Jahrtausenden’, Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany and touring
Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

1968
‘Skill’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England

1967
‘Zweiter Internationaler Wettbewerb des Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim’, Germany
‘The Goldsmith Today’, – Acquisitions since 1953, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
‘Tendenzen’, Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1966
The Sterling', Craft, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA, organised by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

1965
‘Modern British Jewellery’, The Design Centre, London, England
‘Hand and Machine’, The Design Centre, London, England

1964
‘Internationale Ausstellung’ Schmuck, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford, England
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1963
‘Modern British Jewellery’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford, England
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1962
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England

1961
International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890-1961, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1960
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1959
The Crafts 1959, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, England organised by the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1958
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1957
The Crafts 1957, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England organised by the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1956
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1955
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1954
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

Publications:

Articles:

2008 'Who's Who in Art' published by the Hilmarton Manor Press.
2007 Modern Romance, profile by David Whiting in CRAFTS Magazine May/June issue
2005 GZ Art and Design - International Jewellery Magazine, Roberto Chilleri 'From Dusk Till Dawn', the history of Contemporary English Jewellery.
2004, 2005 (cover folder) and 2006: Catalogues for Collect
2000 ‘The National Life Story Collection’, (an eleven hour interview with Tanya Harrod) British Library National Sound Archive.
1994 ‘Gerda Flöckinger CBE’, Clare Beck, The Goldsmiths’ Review
1988 ‘Looking Back, Moving On, Crafts Classics Since the 1940s’, Sarah Foster, The Lady, (November/December)
1987 ‘All That Glitters’, Jan Burney, Designer,
1986 ‘Gerda’, Catherine Mc Dermott, Crafts, (September/October)
1981 Profile of Barbara Cartlidge, M. Lakin, Aurum, No. 7, 1
1975 ‘Attitudes to Jewellery’, Brian Beaumont Nesbitt, Art & Artists, (October)
1973 ‘Gerda Flöckinger’s Jewellery’, Brian Beaumont Nesbitt, Connoisseur Magazine, Volume 184
1971 ‘Sam and Gerda’, Alasteir Best, Design, (February)
1970 Observer Magazine, (27 September)
1969 Daily Telegraph Magazine, (31 January)
1969 ‘Modern Jewellery in a New Idiom’, Design, (May),
1967 Susan Causey ‘Craftsmen in Modern Jewellery’, Design, Tarbey Davenport (December)

Books:

Debrett's People of Today - annually from 1991
Who's Who - annually from 1994
Who's Who in Art - 2008
Vintage Jewellery (Carlton Books) by Caroline Cox (Foreword written by Gerda Flöckinger)

2009 Masters: Gold, Lark Publishing
2005 New Directions in Jewellery an illustrated book with essays by Jivan Astfalck, Caroline Broadhead, Paul Derrez, Black Dog Publishing, London
2000 ‘Jewels and Jewellery’, Clare Phillips, ‘25 Years of Crafts Council Shop at the V&A’, Crafts Council,
1999 ‘Design Sourcebook – Jewellery’, David Watkins, 1999 ‘The Ring – Design Past & Present’, Sylvie Lambert, 1999 ‘Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century’, Tanya Harrod, 1998 ‘Dictionnaire International du Bijou’, Marguerite de Cerval,
1998 ‘Made to Wear – Creativity in Contemporary Jewellery’, Janice West
1998 ‘Contemporary Applied Arts – 50 Years of Crafts’, Ed. Tanya Harrod, 
1997 Dictionary of Women Artists, Fitzroy and Dearborn ‘Pioneers of Modern Craft’, an illustrated essay by Tanya Harrod, Ed. Margot Coatts
1996 ‘Jewelry’, Janet Swarbrick, ‘Silver Jewelry Designs’, Nancy N Schiffer
1996 ‘Jewellery in Europe and America – New Times, New Thinking’, Ralph Turner
1996 ‘Jewelry – From Antiquity to the Present’, Clare Phillips
1995 ‘Jewelry of Our Time’, Helen Drutt & Peter Dormer
1994 ‘The Design Encyclopaedia’, Mel Byers
1993 ‘The Best in Contemporary Jewellery’, Professor David Watkins
1993 ‘Rings – Symbols of Wealth, Power and Affection’, Diana Scarisbrick
1991 to date ‘People of Today’, Debrett’s
1991 ‘Schmuckstücke – Der Impuls Der Moderne In Europa’, Anna Beatriz Chadour,
1990 ‘Earrings’, Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, 1989 ‘Twentieth Century Antiques’, Tony Curtis with Elizabeth D Taylor
1989 ‘Jewellery – Makers, Motifs, History, Techniques’, Scarisbrick, Ogden, Lightbown and others
1989 ‘Jewellery Gallery Summary Catalogue’, Shirley Bury, Victoria & Albert Museum Publications
1985 ‘Twentieth Century Jewellery’, Barbara Cartlidge
1985 ‘Theo Crosby’s Sixtieth Birthday Book’, Pentagram Designs
1985 ‘The New Jewellery: Trends and Traditions’, Peter Dormer and Ralph Turner
1984 ‘Fontana Biographical Companion to Modern Thought’, Ed. Alan Bullock & R.B. Woodings,
1984 ‘An Introduction to Rings’, Shirley Bury
1984 ‘Letters to Superman’, Collages to Accompany Poetry, Nicki Jakowska
1983 ‘Twentieth Century British Jewellery 1900-1980’, Peter Hinks
1982 ‘Jewellery Concepts and Technology’, Oppi Untracht 1982 ‘Jewellery Gallery Summary Catalogue’, Victoria & Albert Museum Publications
1981 ‘The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century’, Anne Ward, Barbara Cartlidge and others
1981 ‘An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewellery’, Harold Newman
1979 ‘Jewelry’, Guido Gregorietti,
1978 ‘Techniques in Jewellery’, Rod Edwards
1978 ‘A Pictorial History of Gems and Jewellery’, Graham Hughes
1978 ‘Creative Jewelry’, Patti Clarke
1976 ‘Contemporary Jewellery’, Ralph Turner
1974 ‘A History of Jewels’, J. Anderson Black
1972 ‘The Art of Jewelry’, Graham Hughes
1969 ‘Contemporary Jewellery’, Philip Morton
1967 ‘Practical ##Enamelling# and Jewellery Work, Brian Newble
1966 ‘Jewelry’, Graham Hughes
1963 ‘The New Jewellers’, The Saturday Book, Graham Hughes
1963 ‘Modern Jewelry’, Graham Hughes

Gerda Flöckinger has also featured in numerous catalogues accompanying exhibitions.


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    Bracelet with Pendants, Disc and Tail

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    Two Rings

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    Earrings

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    Cufflinks

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