April 10th - 29th 2006

Karl Fritsch
"metrosideros robusta"

Karl Fritsch
"Metrosideros robusta is the latin name for the Northern rata.
I see parallels in my approach to jewellery and the growth of the rata tree. These trees start life as an epiphyte in the branches of another tree. As it grows the epiphyte rata sends roots down to the ground. It eventually replaces the host tree when it dies.
More than ten years ago I began using conventional jewellery pieces as a grounding material in my work. Like the epiphyte rata I added my attachment in gold or silver, nestling in or on a ring and also growing over entire pieces of jewellery.
Most of my recent rings do not include any ready-made pieces, they are entirely replaced by my own creations."
Karl Fritsch, 2006


#1, 2005
18ct yellow gold, diamond, ruby, sapphire



#2, 2004
18ct yellow gold, sapphire



#3, 2006
18ct yellow gold, diamond



#4, 2006
18ct yellow gold, yellow diamond



#5, 2006
oxidised 14ct white gold, diamonds



#6, 2006
oxidised 14ct white gold, diamond



#7, 2006
oxidised 14ct white gold, coloured diamonds



#8, 2005
oxidised silver, raw amethyst, rough garnet, fluorite



#9, 2005
patinated silver, glass stones



#10, 2005
white gold, silver, rubies, sapphires, agate, peridot



#11, 2005
oxidised silver, glass stones



#12, 2002
oxidised silver, rubies, pink and blue sapphires, brown diamonds



#13, 2003
oxidised silver, rubies



#14, 2003
14ct gold, rubies



#15, 2004
oxidised silver, rubies



#16, 2004
oxidised silver, diamonds



#17, 2003
oxidised silver, diamonds, sapphires



#18, 2003
oxidised silver, diamonds



#19, 2004
oxidised silver, diamonds



#20, 2005
18ct yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, peridot



#21, 2003
gold plated silver, rubies, sapphires, diamonds



#22, 2003
gold plated silver, rubies, white sapphires



#23, 2003
14ct yellow gold, rubies, diamonds



#24, 2001
oxidised silver, rubies



#25, 2003
oxidised silver, ruby, diamonds



#26, 2005
oxidised silver, beryl



#27, 2003
platinum coated 18ct gold, grey diamonds



#28, 2001
22ct gold



#29, 2002
18ct gold



#30, 1996



#31, 2003



#32, 1996
8ct gold, aluminium, glass



#33, 2003
14ct gold


Karl Fritsch, winner of the  Françoise van den Bosch Award 2006  studied at the Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim
and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München.