Masters & Apprentices at Aaron Faber Gallery

September 30 to October 31 – Aaron Faber Gallery NYC
November 4 to 7 – SOFA Chicago

This exhibition celebrates and examines the nature of the relationship between the Master and the Apprentice in an American context. The old European tradition, still strong in Germany today, educates goldsmiths through a rigorous apprenticeship program, including years of education and then training under a Master goldsmith. Under this system, apprentices either succeed their Masters or open their own studios often facing unique challenges in identifying their own styles. By contrast American jewelers trained in Art programs in the University system are taught to develop their creative process and focus unique concepts and ideas from the beginning.

The Aaron Faber Gallery has invited three Master Goldsmiths working in both America and Germany, Michael Good, Barbara Heinrich and Michael Zobel and the apprentices–

Britt Anderson • Jordan Barnett-Parker • Sabine Dessarps • Claudia Geiger • Regina Hiestand • Insa Grotefendt • Ayesha Mayedas • Juha Koskela • Stephen LeBlanc • So Young Park • Simon Spinoly • Christian Streit • Liz Tyler • Liaung Chun Yen –

–trained in their studios to participate in this seminal exhibition exploring the evolution of ideas and techniques between Masters and Apprentices.

Michael Zobel


“I am very pleased to be able to award you the municipal honour of a ‘Dankesurkunde’ (certificate of gratitude) in appreciation of your internationally recognized work as a goldsmith from the region of Lake Konstanz”, Mr Claus Boldt, the mayor, wrote in his letter to Michael Zobel.
Michael Zobel was glad to accept. The ceremony will take place on 17 November, at 3 o’clock, in the afternoon, in the Council Hall of Konstanz’s city hall.
“It was meant to be a small city in the south of Germany. I decided on Konstanz, with its lake, with Switzerland, the Alps and the new university. In 1968 I opened my first business here, in the then somewhat out of the way Kreuzlingerstraße”, says the goldsmith from Lake Konstanz.
40 years of living here have made Michael Zobel and Konstanz inseparable. Michael Zobel carries the city’s name into the world; he makes it known. He also changed its looks, by influencing and forming the design of jewellery in the city, if not introducing it at all.
Konstanz, with its smooth lake, with the beautiful garden that Michael Zobel maintains so happily, the Alps in proximity, offered the idyllic quiescent haven where he can rest between his travels. Furthermore, there is the pronounced cultural life of the city, be it theatre, opera, concerts and exhibitions, in which he has always participated – Michael Zobel, with his friendly smile, can be met almost everywhere – and which he always has generously supported The city of Konstanz is now thanking him for this, and for that the master is grateful.

Des de Atelier Zobel ens han fet arribar aquesta fantàstica notícia, realment el Michael es mereix que li donin molts premis i reconeixements per la feina ben feta. La meva sincera enhorabona!!

Michael Zobel

Braçalet de plata, or de 22 i 24 kt, un òpal de foc i diamants “champagne”…crec que no puc dir res més per descriure la meravella de joies que fa aquest home…és el meu ídol!!! Amb una mica de sort el podré conèixer d’aquí uns quants dies a Alemanya i visitar el seu taller, tot un somni fet realitat!!! Perquè aneu fent dentetes us deixo penjada la seva web on hi poderu trobar informació de les seves peces, del seu taller, d’exposicions i una gran col·lecció de peces de tots els gustos i mides….Apa, que disfruteu, jo ho penso fer!!!!