Tanja Ufer

Tanja Ufer

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

66 Bennett Road BN2 5JL Brighton

Biography:

Tanja's work focuses on individual silver and gold pieces with a wide range of unusual gemstones, such as rough diamonds, opals and mineralised quartzes. The often structural and heavy rings are lightened by the vibrant colour of the gemstones and the fine gold Kumboo (a Korean gold fusing technique) on the edges. The recent series of brooches contrasts vintage pieces and found objects with fine gemstones. 'I am inspired by the range and depth of natural beauty in gemstones from the unique patterns that form in agates and quartzes to the stunning flashes of colour in opals . Having studied gemology I dedicate myself to sourcing unusual stones from around the world.' Tanja undertook her initial apprenticeship at the Pforzheim Goldsmithing School in Germany, before moving to England to complete the MA in Metalwork and Jewellery Design at Sheffield Hallam University. She was successful in winning a setting up grant from the British Crafts Council which enabled her to establish her studio. She also taught as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. From this foundation she has refined and developed her techniques and earned recognition nationally and internationally. She exhibits worldwide including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, New York Now Handmade Section British Group, V&A London, Inborgenta Munich and many other countries.

Specialist Techniques:

Bespoke Jewellery, Commissions, Recycling of Jewellery and Stones, Gemstone Setting, Fine gold Kumboo ( Korean Gold fusing technique), Wax Modelling and Casting, Gold & Silvermithing, Teaching, Talks,

Awards:

Setting up grant British Crafts Council Princes Trust development grant UKTI Development Grants

Education:

2000 NVQ 3 Business for Owner Managers 1997-1999 MA Metalwork & Jewellery, Sheffield Hallam University 1993-1997 Apprenticeship in Goldsmithing, Journeyman exam (1st grade), Germany Gold smithing College Pforzheim, Germany 1995-1997 Master Goldsmith, Peter Haarstick apprenticeship, Bremen 1983-1992 Abitur, High school, Liebfrauenschool, Bonn

Exhibitions:

2016 Goldsmith s Fair, 'Desire' jewellery & silversmithing show, London, Made Bloomsbury & Marylebone, Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair, West Dean Made, Lustre Nottingham 2015 Goldsmith Fair, 'Desire' jewellery & silversmithing show, London & Winchester, Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair, West Dean Made, Made London, Made Brighton 2014 Goldsmiths Fair, Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair, Made London, Brighton, West Dean, Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, New York Now,

Publications:

Gemstone Settings, The jewellery makers guide to styles and techniques, Anastasia Young


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    Mountain necklace

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    Spinning rings

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    Rough Cut ring

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    Satellite ring (2)

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    Satellite ring (1)

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    Square Opal necklace

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    Satellite ring

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    'Sometimes you need wings" brooch

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    Double ring

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    Black & White studs

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    Moonstone necklace

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    'Love birds' brooch

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    'Strange World' brooch

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    Moorland necklace

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    Explosion ring

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    Sea splash studs

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    Balance rings

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    Emerald ring

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    Mountain ring

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