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Karfunkelschein Jewellery-Workshop Competition 2011

Fancy a creative challenge? Then check out the Karfunkelschein jewellery-workshop competition. You are cordially invited to enter an unique jewellery design project hosted 1-12 August 2011 in Schwaebisch Gmuend.

Delving into hundreds of precious ‘glass gems’, you may try out daring mixes, test out unusual combinations or discard them and indulge in experiments with the infinite possibilities sparking copiously from colours, shapes and materials – as if a dream becomes true.

The three finest works will be awarded with cash prizes.


You are invited to hunt through a magical source collection, one of the kind that one always wanted but is hardly given access to, whether in ones own studio or in academic institutions. You will have the support of tutors, which have been smitten since first laying eyes on the treasure chest in all its dazzling and invigorating splendour, radiating from hundreds of vibrant glass ‘gems’ in all colours, opaque or translucent, smooth or facetted, as well as an abundance of accessories, findings, chains and bobbles.

The workshop-projects are tutored by

  • Beate Eismann, Halle
  • Sabine Klarner, Hamburg
  • Ulrike Knab, Hanover
  • Iris Koehnke, Schwaebisch Gmuend
  • Doris Raymann-Nowak, Schwaebisch Gmuend


The three finest works will be awarded a prize donated by the Prade family, of the Gablonz Bijouterie Company founder, thus:

  • 1. Prize: €3.000
  • 2. Prize: €2.000
  • 3. Prize: €1.000

However, workshop spaces are limited to 48.


  • Entries are invited from Goldsmiths and Silversmiths as well as Jewellery designers. The competition is also open to students of colleges and other academic institutions in their 3rd semester or later. Naturally any magnificent entries from practitioners preferably of other areas of design will also be considered.
  • Fees are due in advance and to be paid after the successful applicant has been notified in writing.

How to enter?

Entries and proposals are considered mandatory and should reach the following address by 12 May 2011 at the latest.

Stiftung Gold- und Silberschmiedekunst in
Schwaebisch Gmuend
c/o Stadtverwaltung Schwaebisch Gmuend

Ulrike Kleinrath
Waisenhausgasse 1-3
73525 Schwaebisch Gmuend

Entries by email are also accepted by sending them directly to ulrike.kleinrath [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

Participation in the workshop-project is charged at €300. This covers the use of all accessories and findings donated by Prade. Likewise participants may supplement their designs with any material at pleasure.