Jury and Curator of the 22 International Amberif Design Award

Prof. Stephen Bottomley MPhil RCA
Professor Stephen Bottomley is Head of School of Jewellery at Birmingham CityUniversity and was previously senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh /
Edinburgh College of Art (2008-17).
Trained at the Royal College of Art (MPhil 2001), the University of Brighton (1998 MA), West Surrey College of Art and Design (1986-89) he was a previous chair of the UK Association for Contemporary Jewellery (2005-07).
He founded of the Adorned Afterlife network (2015), with researchers from across Design, Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, History, and Museum Studies to examine and interpret less visible, ephemeral or hidden objects of adornment.
His jewellery is in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal College of Art.

Prof. Sophie Hanagarth
Sophie Hanagarth (1968) lives and works in Paris and teaches at the jewellery workshop of the HEAR (High School of Arts of the Rhine) in Strasbourg since 2002. Trained in jewellery and graduate of the High School of Applied Arts in Geneva in 1995.
Sophie Hanagarth creates an ambiguous object directory (ornaments), where the shaping of materials and their relation to the body engender nature-related questions of the jewel as attribute. The originality of her research lies in its approach to both the carnal and the corrosive that unfolds through an expertise specific to the metal.
She received the Herbert-Hoffmann prize in Munich in 2011 and the Foundation van den Bosch prize 2014 in Amsterdam for her work. Her works are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi Turin, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mint Museum in Charlotte, CODA Museum of Appeldorn Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, MUDAC Lausanne, Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and Montreal.
Dr. Petra Hölscher
Dr. Petra Hölscher (born 1962) studied Art History, Romance Languages, German Literature and Industrial Anthropology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. In 1999 she initially worked at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections Dresden), before moving to Munich to join the Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser Gärten und Seen (State Department for Bavaria’s castles, parks and lakes). In Dresden she was responsible for the main exhibition ”Jugendstil in Dresden. Aufbruch in die Moderne“ at the Castle in 1999 and in Munich for the exhibition ”Pracht und Zeremoniell. Die Möbel der Residenz München“ at the Munich Residence in 2002. In November 2002 she assumed her current position as a curator, since 2007 senior curator, at Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (website: www.die-neue-sammlung.de). In this position she did and still does exhibitions about international Industrial Design and studio jewelry – accompanied by a publication as well she has written and co-authored numerous articles and books. She is also responsible for the museum’s acquisitions in both fields. In 2005 she was invited to give lectures on design history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, which is still going on; and between 2009–2011 she was also asked by the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule in Nuremberg to teach. Recently she worked in design and design history in South Korea, accompanied by a presentation during the Munich Creative Business Week 2017 (MCBW), has organized an exhibition about the studio jewelry artist Tone Vigeland – both exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2017. At the moment she is preparing the exhibition “Jablonec ’68 – The 50th anniversary of the first meeting of western and eastern studio jewelry artists.”
(Foto by Eva Juenger)
Eija Mustonen
Eija Mustonen is a teacher in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences; she lives and works in Ylämaa, Finland. Born in Polvijärvi, Finalnd in 1961, she has studied stonesmithing and silversmithing and received a degree of Master of Fine Arts at the University of Industrial Arts of Helsinki in 2005. Since 1987 she has taken part in several individual and collective exhibitions in Europe and the USA. In addition to her artistic career, Mustonen has worked as a teacher in jewellery art and in 2010 she started working as the manager of Fine Arts in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Mustonen has taught in many institutions abroad.
She has coordinated and organised international jewellery events, such as Alchemy in 1997 and after that the KORU1234 events, which are jewellery triennials.
Marcin Tymiński
Marcin Tymiński was born in 1972 in Warsaw, Poland.
He has been a designer of jewellery since 1997, studied at Lodz Academy of Fine Arts at Prof. Andrzej Szadkowski class. Co-founder ( 2001) and member of “Group 6.”
Since 2010 he is the President of the Goldsmithing Artists’ Association.
His works are on permanent exhibition at the Amber Museum in Gdansk, Amber Museum in Kaliningrad, Museum of the Gold Art in Kazimierz Dolny, at the Museum of Geology in Warsaw, the Gallery of Art in Legnica and in Poland’s largest private contemporary jewellery collection of Mrs. Magdalena Kwiatkiewicz.
2001 Grand Prix in Mercurius Gedanensis competition for amber necklace, Amberif Fair, Gdansk, Poland
2017 Grand Prize at Amberif Design Award, Gdansk, Poland
2017 Participation at Joya 2017 in Barcelona, Spain

Barbara Schmidt - Curator of the Competition
Graduate of the Department of Design at Zeichenakademie Hanau and Design Management at the University of Central England, Birmingham. For more than 20 years, she has specialised in design, especially in the area of conceptualisation, management and education. As a recognised expert, Barbara Schmidt provides consulting services, organises workshops and seminars and gives lectures in English and German. She initiates and coordinates diverse exhibition and competition projects, including the Inhorgenta Innovation Prize. Since 2005, Barbara Schmidt has been the head of the Design Academy (Akademie für Gestaltung und Design der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern) in Munich, where she lives and works.
From 2015 edition she has become the curator of Amberif Design Award. Her tasks includes recommending topics, advising on jury selection and supporting ADA-promoting activities.