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Pforzheim revisited Berlin – Twelve years of the eponymous scholarship programme

25 November 2022 through 22 January 2023 - extended until 26 Februar

Embossing, pressing and guilloché engraving – these techniques employed in traditional manufactory-style jewellery production are learned, practised and cultivated within the context of the »Pforzheim Revisited« project. Supported by a scholarship sponsored by the C. HAFNER company, the alumni of the Jewellery Design course at Pforzheim University explore insights gained, and enhance their knowledge of and skills in these as well as other traditional techniques. During a stint of three or six intensive months at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin, the participants in the scholarship programme re-interpret valuable traditions, place them in unusual contexts and apply them using different materials and techniques, creating contemporary jewellery and objects, and contributing to further reviving and dynamically preserving these manufactory-style jewellery production techniques. The exhibition showcased the works created over the past twelve years by participants in the programme.

The »Pforzheim Revisited Berlin« scholarship programme is a collaboration between the C. HAFNER company and the German Museum of Technology Foundation. It is supported significantly by the »Jewellery Unites« working group and the Jewellery Design course at Pforzheim University, as well as the Technical Museum of Pforzheim’s Jewellery and Watchmaking Industries, and is part of the »Manufactory-style jewellery production and design« project, which was included by the German Commission for UNESCO in the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices for Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015.

A book of the same name has been published in German to accompany the exhibition and is available in the museum shop for 21 €.