Twig Brooch - Hans Stofer

Twig Brooch, Hans Stofer, 1994. Image © John Hammond

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Jewellery making: welding, waxing
Mild steel, twig, dental steel
L135mm x W24mm
Collection Number

Maker Details

Baden, Switzerland
Place Trained
Zurich School of Art, Switzerland, MA Jewellery and Design, 1981-1984; Brown Boveri Technical College Baden, Switzerland, Precision Engineering degree, 1972-1976
Professor and Head of Programme Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London
Shortlist, Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal, 2005
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With a first degree in Precision Engineering and a Masters qualification in Jewellery and Design, Hans Stofer’s practice reflects his dual training: high and low tech materials and manufacturing methods are apparent in all of his work.

Stofer describes himself as a maker of ‘adornments, designed objects and utensils for the domestic domain’ in which he aims to integrate and transform familiar available materials using craft skills into pieces which reach beyond the mundane and familiar. His work re-evaluates the notion of 'value' and our perceptions of familiar materials. Twig Brooch is considered special due to the quality of the twig and its smooth, velvety surface.

The piece was amongst the works selected by Alison Britton for the 2009 exhibition ‘Three by One’, for which Britton chose works from the Crafts Council, The Crafts Study Centre and the British Council collections.

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Daniel Charny

“Combining critical commentary and playful manipulation, Hans Stofer's work challenges preconceptions with poetic precision. Like in many of his other pieces this wire and twig brooch is a form of collage, merging materials and symbols. In this case some welded mild steel and waxed bark, symbiotically held together, could almost be a section of a river in a city grid or a segment of a fence through which a branch grew. I particularly like the precision in which the steel follows the contours of the twig. For me this modest duo is a gentle contemplation on relationships of manmade and natural materials, celebratory and inspiring.”

Daniel Charny

Daniel Charny, curator, designer, educator. Director at From Now On creative projects consultancy.

From the Archive

Image from catalogue for the 'Three by One' exhibition developed by The Crafts Council together with the Crafts Study Centre and the British Council. Image © Edward Park

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