MASTER GOLDSMITH & ARTIST
feilgold Susanne Geiger
I was born in Mannheim on a sunny Sunday in October, 1965. Curious and cheerful, I spent the first nineteen years of my life there and rescued my high school degree with my favorite subject, art, and a wonderful art teacher.
I want to be an artist and goldsmithing should become my craft training!
At that time, I was inspired by the ideas of the Bauhaus school of the 1920s.
I completed my training in Pforzheim and Mainz. As a journeywoman I worked in workshops in Mainz, Worpswede and Bremen and when the wall fell, I moved to Berlin – “I have to be there!” Typical Berlin – my first workshop was in an artist community in Kreuzberg with many other artists. My self-employment began, and I called my company feilgold.
In addition to working, I completed a degree in art history and ethnology at the FU Berlin. It has enriched me very much, but I chose not to submit a final thesis. Again and again, I engaged with jewelry of ancient and diverse cultures and peoples, their symbols and rituals. My decision to stay in the craft and to create art myself was also strengthened by this. During my time in Berlin many pieces of jewelry were created, I was able to enjoy a lightness of being, let off steam creatively and experiment. My two sons were also born there.
Life then brought me to the cozy city of Wiesbaden. My wonderful craft feeds me and my little family. I started giving goldsmithing classes, both as a lecturer at the VHS Wiesbaden and in my goldsmith workshop, and I have gained wonderful and exciting customers.
In between, I managed to create my masterpiece to be allowed to bear the master title.
Once a year I exhibit my new work in my rooms! Everything that can be seen there comes from my own hands. Sometimes I set a theme for it that inspires me, such as 100 years of Bauhaus or Art Nouveau. Once or twice a year I participate in fairs and introduce myself to a new audience.
For several years I have been in the Bundesverband Kunsthandwerk BK (German Crafts Association) and have joined the Forum für Schmuck und Design ffsd (Forum for Jewelry and Design). A delightful opportunity to participate in themed calls to tender.
The beauty of gemstones and the wondrousness of the treasures that nature has given us has grown not least because of my African friend. Thus, my knowledge has expanded and I work with precious and exceptional gemstones.
Now my sons are young adults and I have even more leisure time for my beautiful work and art and the many ideas in my head!
…I am looking forward to what is still to come…
There are the five fingers and they form the hand. And thinking with the hands is the true destiny of man.