Contemporary jewellery as art, by Gie Luyten

Christoph Zellweger

Jewellery and sculpture that keep me wondering, talking, writing and living

Christoph Zellweger

brooch, Body pieces

Jewellery designer ID

born in Lübeck, lives and works in UK


1991 – 1993 Royal College of Art, London, England
Master of Arts, Distinction
1987 – 1991 Kunstgewerbeschule, Zürich, Switzerland
Attended Evening Courses in Sculpture
1980 – 1984 Wilhelm Reindl, Lübeck and Kiel, Germany
Apprenticeship with Goldsmith-Certificate

Professional – as maker/artist/designer

2003 Designer/Artist in Residence, Jakob Schlaepfer, textiles, Switzerland
1993 – 2002 Workshop in Sheffield, after 2001 at Yorkshire Art Space
1998 – 2001 Freelance Designer / Research for new, technology-led venture company,
Scintillate Ltd, London
1988 – 1991 Workshop in Zürich, self-employed, Switzerland
1986 – 1989 Goldsmith / Designer/ Head of Atelier, Apprentices
Fritz Suter, Creation et Bijoux, Zürich, Switzerland
1985 – 1986 Goldsmith, Fine Jewellery, Atelier Peter Lüscher,
Lenzburg, Switzerland
1984 – 1985 Goldsmith, Fine Jewellery and Modelmaker
Ludwig Muller et Eric Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

major group & solo exhibitions (selected):


2009 Stockholm
2008 Museum of Design, Mudac, ‘From Hand to Hand’, Lausanne; Swiss
2007 Galerie Louise Smit, Relic Rosé, Solo Exhibition, Amsterdam, Holland
2006 Villa Bottini, Lucca Preziosa, No Body Decoration, with Watkins, Bakker…, Lucca, Italy
2006 Museum for Applied Arts Tallinn, Informed Shadows, with Annelli Tammik, Estonia
2006 Villa de Bondt, Art and Ortopedics, with Gert Rothmann, Gent, Belgium
2005 Natural History Museum Lisbon, Ossarium rosé, personal exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 Design Museum (Centre Cultural de Belem), The Nomad Room, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 Swiss National Museum, Intervention Fremd-Körper, Zürich, Switzerland
2004 Foundation Gulbenkian, Meeting Points, Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
2004 Musee de Design et d’Art Appliqués Contemporains, Body Extensions, Lausanne,
2003 SchmuckProdukt Zollverein, Fremd-Körper, Essen, Germany
2003 Galerie Tactile, Fremd-Körper, Solo Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland
2002 Espace Solidor, with Hanagarth (F), Mc Clure (CAN), Cagnes sur Mer, France
2002 Raum für Schmuck, with Mattar (D), Gottdorf (D), Köln, Germany
2001 Gallerie V&V, with Eichenberg (NL), de Decker (B), Vienna, Austria
2000 Gallery Hnoss, Solo Exhibition, Gothenburg, Sweden
2000 Jerwood Prize 2000, Crafts Council Gallery, London
1999 Gallery Louise Smit, Solo Exhibition, Amsterdam, Holland
1998 Centro de Arte e Comunicaiao Visual, Solo Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
1998 European Prize for Contemp. A&D-led Crafts, Vienna, Gothenburg, Paris
1997 Forum für Schmuck, Solo Exhibition, Zürich, Switzerland
1996 Gallery Poree, with Onno Boukhoudt (NL), Paris, France
1995 Galerie für Schmuck, Solo Exhibition, Zug, Switzerland
1994 Gallery van Krimpen, with Sigfried de Bück (B), Amsterdam
1990 Galerie Off Limits, Solo Exhibition, Zürich, Switzerland


2002 Prize of the Communauté Française de Belgique, Belgium
2002 Swiss Federal Prize for Design, Kulturamt Bern, Switzerland
2001 European Ceramic Work Centre, working grant, H’bosch, Holland
2000 Werkbeitrag des Kulturamt Bern, stipendium, Switzerland
2000 Cultural Research Institute, SHU, sabbatical, Sheffield
2000 D&AD, British Design & Art Direction, membership award, England
1998 Swiss Federal Prize for Design, Kulturamt Bern, Switzerland
1995 Swiss Federal Prize for Design, Kulturamt Bern, Switzerland
1995 Herbert Hofmann Prize – International Award, Munich, Germany
1993 Prize by the Kulturamt Graz, Outdoor Installation in the City of Graz, Austria
1992 Robinson Charitable Trust Award, London, England
1988 Deutscher Schmuck & Edelsteinpreis, recommendation, Germany

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