Jury of the 25 International Amberif Design Award

Dr Marta Hryc
Dr Marta Hryc - researcher, designer. Associated with the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where she teaches styling and prototyping.
She is interested in the juxtaposition of computer algorithms and human’s creative approach. In her research, she analyses the impact of additive technologies on aesthetics in design. Speaker at international conferences on frontier areas of new technologies, such as xCoAx Madrid 2018. A careful observer of the impact of socio-economic and cultural changes on the evolution of new aesthetic trends.
She is a jewellery designer by profession. The themes of her designs revolve around the socio-economic context of jewellery. She held research scholarships in Mexico and Belgium and took part in numerous international exhibitions and competitions. Awarded, among others, A Silver Spur—an award for creative courage and uncompromising attitude in the REVOLT International Goldsmith Competition. She co-forms the Design Studio of S&A, a leading jewellery manufacturer, where she designs models for serial production.

Gisbert Stach
Completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Prof. Otto Künzli (diploma 1996). In his multifaceted oeuvre, the primarily conceptual artist combines jewellery with video, photography and performance. One focus of Gisbert Stach’s work deals with processes of transformation and experiment – pieces disappear through chemical dissolution, and form is determined by agencies of growth in nature.
Stach works with means of alienation and irritation. Ground amber serves as pigment, which he works into jewellery pieces in the form of fish fingers, sliced bread or schnitzel. A further characteristic of his work is the performative act, for example when brooches are pelted with knives.
In addition to the Amberif Design Award 2011, Stach was most recently honoured with the Danner Honorary Award 2017 of the Danner Foundation Munich. His works are present in numerous museums and collections, including the Amber Museum Gdansk and Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum Munich.

Andrea Wagner
Andrea Wagner was born in the Blackforest, Germany, raised near Montreal, Canada, has been based in Amsterdam since 1994 with own studio. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam where she graduated in 1997.
Andrea is featured internationally in exhibitions and private as well as public collections including MAD Museum of Arts&Design New York, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Montreal/Canada; Françoise van den Bosch collection/Amsterdam, Netherlands Textile Museum/Tilburg.
She curated and organized the touring exhibition GOLDEN CLOGS, DUTCH MOUNTAINS to seven venues in the US and Canada in 2007 and 2008; and also co-curator for WALKING THE GRAY AREA in Mexico City 2010.
Since June 2020 she is one of the 15 founding members and operators of the jewelry shop THE POOL - Amsterdam Jewelry Collective.
Andrea has been awarded several prestigious grants as well as financial support for projects through organizations such as the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the Mondriaan Foundation, and Dutch Consulates; as well as receiving the Lithuanian Amber Award AMBER TRIP 2018 and the Honorable mention Polish AMBERIF DESIGN AWARD 2018.
She has occasionally lectured, given workshops, and also worked as guest professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, USA in 2012.

Andrzej Szadkowski
Andrzej Szadkowski was born on 4 June 1947 in Zgierz, Poland. He received an MA Art Degree with Honours at the State College of Fine Arts (PWSSP) in Łódź, Poland, in 1972. Employed at his alma mater. In 1979, he received a PhD degree, in 1990 a habilitation degree, in 1995 the title of a Professor from President Lech Wałęsa; Poland’s first professor title in Jewellery Design. In 2002, he established the Department of Jewellery at the Faculty of Design, Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Since 1989, he has headed the Jewellery Design Studio.

In 2005–2012, Vice-Rector for Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź; 2015–2020 employed at the Łódź University of Technology as a full professor.

Judge at international jewellery competitions; member of international associations of artists; member of Expert Teams at Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Ministry of Science and Higher Education. 11 solo exhibitions and about 210 group exhibitions; participated in 5 symposia internationally. His works are housed in 11 museums in Poland and beyond.

Recent exhibitions and judging panels:
1. Metaphysics of Light, ALATYR 2015, 6th International Biennial of Amber Artworks, Kaliningrad, Russia, June 2015, judging panel chair,
2. 3rd STRIPED FLINT—STONE OF OPTIMISM Polish Original Jewellery Award, Sandomierz, Poland, September 2015, judging panel chair,
3. The Competition Jewellery Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2015, catalogue.

Winner of competition awards and:
1. International Amber Association—Medal, 2011;
2. Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award, 2011;
3. Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to the Polish Culture, 2012; Golden Gloria Artis Medal, 2017;
4. Nominated for the Professor Aleksander Gieysztor Award, Warsaw, 2014.

Biographical notes, including in:
1. Who is Who in Poland, publ. by Huebners, Switzerland, 2013;
2. The Oxford Encyclopedia, London, 2015; 2021;
3. Amber & Form, International Amber Association, Gdańsk, 2015.

Barbara Schmidt

Head of Academy for Design
Department of Crafts of Munich and Upper Bavaria, Since 2005

International Design and Design-Management Workshops
Idar Oberstein, Germany; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, India;
Tallinn,Estonia; Florence, Italy;

External Examiner for Jewellery Design BA
- Central St. Martins CSM, The London University 2002 - 2005
- Edinburgh College of Art ECA, The University of Edinburgh 2008 – 2011

Curator of Amber Design Award
- Since 2016 for Międzynarodowe Targi Gdańskie SA, Amber Expo

- 25 Reasons why we wear Jewellery, 2018
- Innovation oder Mimesis, 2016
- Monthring Books, annual Edition 2002 through 2006

Work in Public Collections
- Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
- Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau
- Grassimuseum, Leipzig
- Museum Českého ráje, Turnov
- Museum für angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
- Scottish National Museum, Edinburgh
- University Central England, Birmingham

Design Management MA, University Central England UCE, 2004
Birmingham, Degree with distinction
Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau
Design Degree „staatlich geprüfter Schmuckgestalter“
Work with Prof. Friedrich Becker, Düsseldorf
Max Wilpert, Freiburg
Günter Krauss, Stuttgart
Apprenticeship as goldsmith in Munich, Peter Siegel

Munich, 2021