“My passion is to look for the natural beauty in gem stones, from the unexpected patterns that form in agates, quartzes and meteorites to the stunning flashes of colour in opals that spark the imagination and create a response. I am fascinated by the stones origins and unearthed surroundings. The work starts with basic geometric forms which are developed into wearable objects.
I love using wax, wood or building materials to create the models for my rings. The range of materials allows me the freedom of form while adding texture and different qualities to the piece.
Eventually the stones become the prominent part of the work and are combined with gold, silver and Korean Kumboo (an ancient Korean gold fusing technique). The finish is the setting of the gemstones which I always enjoy the most.
I attempt to create joyful and vibrant pieces. The recent series ‘outside’ tells the story of experiences in the natural world.’
Most of my jewels are one offs and are developed around the individual gemstones. I have been researching and collecting unusual gems from around the world for many years and still find surprising rare pieces.
My clients come to see me at the shows or my studio in Brighton to discuss new ideas. I often incorporate their own gemstones by recycling the gold and reusing the precious items. Jewellery often carries sentimental values and I’m keen to preserve this.”
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. From this foundation she has refined and developed her techniques and earned recognition nationally and internationally for her work.
She exhibits at the prestigious Goldsmiths Fair, Made London, Philadelphia Museum for Art Contemporary Craft Show, New York Now Handmade Section British Group, V&A London, Inhorgenta Munich, and many other events.
Born: 07/08/1973 in Bonn, Germany
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
Goldsmithing College Pforzheim, Germany
1983-1992 Abitur, High school, Liebfrauenschool, Bonn
2000- present Self- employed Jewellery Designer Maker
2010 Tutor, London Jewellery school
2002-2005 Associate Lecturer Metalwork & Jewellery, Sheffield Hallam University
2000-2002 Meynell, Sheffield, Jewellery classes
1995-1997 Master Goldsmith, Peter Haarstick apprenticeship, Bremen
2000 Setting up grants, Crafts Council
Prince’s Trust Business Developing Grant
Gemstone Settings, Anastasia Young, 2012