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Published: 07.06.2022
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Studying at the Faculty of Design

A course of studies at the internationally renowned Pforzheim University guarantees a pragmatic education coupled with forward-looking thinking and design. The number of students in the School of Design / DESIGN PF, which is deliberately kept small, allows for individual support of each student and preserves a familiar atmosphere. The School of Design offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Transportation Design, Jewellery and Everyday Objects and Visual Communications.

Furthermore, the school also offers Master’s Degrees in Transportation Design and Creative Direction. Almost 600 prospective designers from Germany and around the world study at the School of Design, which can trace its history back to 1877.

We expect a high degree of commitment, innovation and motivation from our students. In return, the University offers the best conditions in which to evolve artistic talents and develop a personal design profile, thus ensuring long-term career success. The high quality of the courses at the Pforzheim School of Design is confirmed time and again by independent rankings. The American magazine »Business Week« considers the School of Design in Pforzheim to be one of the 60 top educational institutions for design in the world – alongside universities such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT. In the ranking of Focus Magazine, the faculty ranks 2nd in Germany.
 

About the Jewelry Department:

SOdA students develop their own criteria for dealing confidently with traditions, based upon a knowledge of traditional and new techniques. The aim of the programme is to develop confidence in design and craftsmanship and to promote the emergence of a personal creative stance. Graduates are in a position to deliberate and reflect upon their own actions, professionally present their work and successfully position their results in the commercial market.

During the course of studies, the students work with many different materials and techniques, including gold- and silversmithing, engraving and enamelling, electroplating and ceramics, CAD and associated rapid-prototyping as well as various synthetic materials. The productive interplay between new and traditional materials, technologies and techniques stimulates a creative reaction to the commonplace, everyday experience. The superb technical facilities, combined with intensive one-on-one support, facilitate a well-grounded technical and artistic education that is internationally unique.

The focus of the students’ creative development takes place in the context of project work. Depending on the topic, the ensuing works range from one-offs, multiples, cooperation with industry or individual research. The student’s own theme proposals and additional projects in other fields thus play an important role in the individual structuring of the course of studies. The degree programme ensures relevance for a professional career through supplementary coursework in the areas of law and economics for designers. Experience in product presentation as well as contacts and preparation for a professional career are acquired at international trade fairs.

In addition, opportunities to gain reallife experience with companies and galleries are provided. Students may complete exchange programs at international partner universities, which offer the opportunity to gain further experience in different creative and cultural contexts.

A particular focus of the education at the Pforzheim School of Design lies in the fundamental studies in the fine arts. The students cultivate skills in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture and still and moving images. This is complimented by cultural studies such as the history of design, art analysis, aesthetics, semiotics and the sociology of cultural processes. These subjects serve to hone the students’ perceptive skills, i.e. the ability to interpret symbols, recognize historical developments and gain cultural knowledge. Many years of experience show that the students thrive on the skills gained from this practical and theoretical knowledge and obtain indispensible ideas for their own career development. The aim is to educate autonomous artistic individuals, who are capable of developing their own perspectives and forms of expression, and who can assume authorship of their own work.


The University takes part at:
Fairs:
- Salone del Mobile, Milan | Dutch Design week, Eindhoven | Inhorgenta, Munich | Eunique, Karlsruhe (old/ please remove) | Athens Jewelry Week | Munich Jewellery Week

Workshops, projects, activities:
- Pforzheim Revisited.
2010 a cooperation agreement called Just As Before - But Unlike was closed between Pforzheim University and the German Museum of Technology Berlin (DTMB): The subject is "New Jewelry Manufactured with Historic Machinery and Techniques". And with this aim students of the department, Jewelry and Objects of Everyday Culture, at Pforzheim University, travel once a year for a week to Berlin, to learn old techniques such as embossing, pressing or guilloche in the department of Manufactured Jewellery Production at the German Museum of Technology Berlin. There they are supported by the management and staff of the department as well as members of the working group, Jewelry Connects. It is an ongoing porject til today.

- Virus fashion infiltration. Young European Talent-Workshop 2014 (YET):
For the sixth time, the initiators of the Young Europeen Talents – Workshop, invited young creatives from all over Europe to Pforzheim. The aim of the workshop is to promote international exchange between universities and to provide impetus for the Design in Pforzheim. Aspiring jewelry designers from Politecnico Mailand and the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and of course the department jewelry and everyday objects (soda) at the University of applied science  Pforzheim, work out in a four-day intensive workshop ideas for a future connection between fashion an jewelry .

- IKKI Project: During this project run by Willi Häfele students developed their own brand with name and logo.

- Burning Schwyz: 10 day Raku and Ashanti workshop in the Swiss Alps.

Events      View / hide events

2022:
Exhibition  07 Jun 2022 - 12 Jun 2022  Jewellery, Pforzheim University at Milan Design Week.
2021:
Open call  08 Sep 2021 - 15 Nov 2021  Open Call for Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2022.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2021 - 02 Oct 2021  Pforzheim University School of Design. Degree Show 2021.
Exhibition  16 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021  Insights. A walk-by and open exhibition.
Exhibition  02 Jul 2021 - 18 Jul 2021  Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2021.
Open call  17 May 2021 - 06 Jun 2021  Open Call for SM*CK #4 Greece_200.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  Munich Jewellery Week 2021 (digital).
Exhibition  15 Feb 2021 - 25 Feb 2021  Insight. Pforzheim University School of Design Degree Show 2020.
2020:
Exhibition  25 Nov 2020 - 25 Dec 2020  Virtual Presentation. Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2020.
Fair  10 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Athens Jewelry Week 2020.
Open call  11 Sep 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Open Call for Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2021.
Exhibition  23 Jul 2020 - 15 Aug 2020  Back to new Roots.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Pforzheim 48.88436/8.69892 Schmuck 48.13743/11.57549.
2019:
Open call  18 Sep 2019 - 22 Nov 2019  Open Call for Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2020.
Exhibition  11 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019  Pforzheim University School of Design. Degree Show 2019.
Open call  16 Apr 2019 - 15 Jun 2019  Open Call for 2019 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Exhibition  13 Apr 2019 - 08 Sep 2019  Unconfined Horizons. Jewellery from Humboldt’s Travel Routes.
Exhibition  22 Mar 2019 - 14 Apr 2019  The Oblique Eye. Contemporary Ceramics.
2018:
Open call  20 Sep 2018 - 15 Nov 2018  Open Call for Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2018.
Meeting  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Melting Point 2018.
2017:
Award  30 May 2017 - 16 Sep 2017  JPLUS Emerging Talent Award 2017.
Exhibition  04 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017  Pforzheim University Graduates at Fuorisalone 2017.
Meeting  09 Mar 2017 - 09 Mar 2017  Human Connection - Beyond Smart! Craft & Design from Korea.
2016:
Exhibition  21 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  Germany's upcoming talents.
2015:
Award giving  23 Sep 2015 - 23 Sep 2015  Winners of Klimt02 Graduate Award 2015.
2014:
Exhibition  19 Jul 2014 - 19 Oct 2014  Jewellery by Winfried Krüger.

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Book:  inTransit. An interdisciplinary jewellery + fashion project. Lüdeke, Christine; Leslie, AntoniaPforzheim University School of Design:  Pforzheim,  2021
Book:  Embossing, Punching, Guilloché Engraving. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2017
Book:  Schatzsuche Mit Schmucki. Für Groß und Klein im Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2011
Book:  ... et cetera pp.. Oder wie man damit anfängt kleine Dinge zu tun. Pauls, Christine; Weiss, CarolinePro Business:  Pforzheim,  2010
Book:  SOdA Laboratory. Salone del Mobile 2018. Fuorisalone Ventura Future. Prof. Christine LüdekePforzheim University School of Design:  Pforzheim, 
Xin Liu. Earrings: Cheap Earrings, 2018. Paper, metal.. ca. 20 x 50 cm. Photo by: Xin Liu. Model: Kiala Potthast.. Xin Liu
Earrings: Cheap Earrings, 2018
Paper, metal.
ca. 20 x 50 cm
Photo by: Xin Liu
Model: Kiala Potthast.

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Louisan Varigny. Eleonore Brive. Textile: Identity, 2020. Textile, copper.. ca. 50 x 80 cm. Model: Maximilian Zschiesche.. Louisan Varigny
Eleonore Brive
Textile: Identity, 2020
Textile, copper.
ca. 50 x 80 cm
Model: Maximilian Zschiesche.

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Tzu-Yun Hung. Object: Haustier, 2019. Aluminium.. ca. 15 x 30 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Tzu-Yun Hung
Object: Haustier, 2019
Aluminium.
ca. 15 x 30 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
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Sophie Krautmacher. Bracelet: Untitled, 2020. Brass, plexiglass.. ca. 10 x 15 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Pforzheim Revisited.. Sophie Krautmacher
Bracelet: Untitled, 2020
Brass, plexiglass.
ca. 10 x 15 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Pforzheim Revisited.

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Valentina Michaelis. Object: Space Oddity, 2020. Nickel silver.. ca. 40 x 50 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Model: Anina Löwe.. Valentina Michaelis
Object: Space Oddity, 2020
Nickel silver.
ca. 40 x 50 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Model: Anina Löwe.

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Sophie Bernauer. Piece: Perfucktion, 2019. Brass, glass.. 5.5 x 1.2 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Sophie Bernauer. Sophie Bernauer
Piece: Perfucktion, 2019
Brass, glass.
5.5 x 1.2 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Sophie Bernauer
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David Rauch Saavedra. Earrings: Bambus, 2020. Bamboo.. 5 x 8 cm. Photo by: David Rauch Saavedra. David Rauch Saavedra
Earrings: Bambus, 2020
Bamboo.
5 x 8 cm
Photo by: David Rauch Saavedra
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Theresa Schwaiger. Head Piece: The Uncanny, 2018. Metal, glass.. ca. 22 x 25 cm. Photo by: Theresa Schwaiger. Model: Janina Jing Au. . Theresa Schwaiger
Head Piece: The Uncanny, 2018
Metal, glass.
ca. 22 x 25 cm
Photo by: Theresa Schwaiger
Model: Janina Jing Au.

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Johanna Seibert. Earrings: Plain Plastic, 2020. Plain plastic, recycled acrylic glass.. ca. 7 x 14 cm. Photo by: Johanna Seibert. Model: Emelie Schreiner.. Johanna Seibert
Earrings: Plain Plastic, 2020
Plain plastic, recycled acrylic glass.
ca. 7 x 14 cm
Photo by: Johanna Seibert
Model: Emelie Schreiner.

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Laura Stachon. Ring: Adelheid, 2020. Brass gold-plated, zirconia.. ca. 2 x 2 cm; 2 x  5 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Model: @elfiboy.. Laura Stachon
Ring: Adelheid, 2020
Brass gold-plated, zirconia.
ca. 2 x 2 cm; 2 x 5 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Model: @elfiboy.

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Lingjie Wang. Necklace: Strange Familiarity, 2019. Copper, gold plated.. ca. 60 cm. Photo by: Lingjie Wang. Model: Celine O'Neal.. Lingjie Wang
Necklace: Strange Familiarity, 2019
Copper, gold plated.
ca. 60 cm
Photo by: Lingjie Wang
Model: Celine O'Neal.

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Lifu Zhou. Bracelet: Muricipolylene, 2020. Recycled mask, nickel silver.. ca. 8 x 12 cm. Photo by: Lifu Zhou. Model: Yulin Chen.. Lifu Zhou
Bracelet: Muricipolylene, 2020
Recycled mask, nickel silver.
ca. 8 x 12 cm
Photo by: Lifu Zhou
Model: Yulin Chen.

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Lifu Zhou. Vase: Zwillinge, 2019. 3D print.. ca. 7 x 15 cm. Photo by: Lifu Zhou. Lifu Zhou
Vase: Zwillinge, 2019
3D print.
ca. 7 x 15 cm
Photo by: Lifu Zhou
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CAD Lab..
CAD Lab.

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Stone cutting..
Stone cutting.

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Silversmithing lab..
Silversmithing lab.

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Production workshop..
Production workshop.

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Ceramic workshop..
Ceramic workshop.

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Goldsmithing lab..
Goldsmithing lab.

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Electroplating..
Electroplating.

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Bijorhca 2019. Photo by Christine Lüdeke..
Bijorhca 2019. Photo by Christine Lüdeke.

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Bijorhca 2019. Photo by Christine Lüdeke..
Bijorhca 2019. Photo by Christine Lüdeke.

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Seitenblicke, exhibition EMMA, 2019. Photo by Petra Jaschke..
Seitenblicke, exhibition EMMA, 2019. Photo by Petra Jaschke.

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Seitenblicke, exhibition EMMA, 2019. Photo by Petra Jaschke..
Seitenblicke, exhibition EMMA, 2019. Photo by Petra Jaschke.

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INHORGENTA 2018. Photo by Susanne Schneider. .
INHORGENTA 2018. Photo by Susanne Schneider.

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INHORGENTA 2018. Photo by Susanne Schneider. .
INHORGENTA 2018. Photo by Susanne Schneider.

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INHORGENTA 2020. Photo by Susanne Schneider..
INHORGENTA 2020. Photo by Susanne Schneider.

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Back to New Roots, Kunstraum Belrem 8, 2020. Photo by Petra Jaschke..
Back to New Roots, Kunstraum Belrem 8, 2020. Photo by Petra Jaschke.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Berlin, 2019. .
Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Berlin, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Laura Stachon with one of the Old Masters, Berlin, 2019. .
Pforzheim Revisited: Laura Stachon with one of the Old Masters, Berlin, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Sophie Krautmacher, 2019..
Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Sophie Krautmacher, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting with brass and tin, Berlin, 2019..
Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting with brass and tin, Berlin, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Berlin, 2019. .
Pforzheim Revisited: Guilloche, Berlin, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Preparation of a mold for the drop hammer, Berlin, 2019. .
Pforzheim Revisited: Preparation of a mold for the drop hammer, Berlin, 2019.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting, Berlin, 2018..
Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting, Berlin, 2018.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting with brass and tin, Berlin, 2017..
Pforzheim Revisited: Sand casting with brass and tin, Berlin, 2017.

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Pforzheim Revisited: Working on the foot lever press, Berlin, 2017. .
Pforzheim Revisited: Working on the foot lever press, Berlin, 2017.

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Sufers. Jewelry Department at Pforzheim University School of Design
Benjamin Wengert
2020
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Bo Zhang. Necklace: Chamäleon, 2020. Polyamid. 50 x 30 x 8 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Bo Zhang
Necklace: Chamäleon, 2020
Polyamid
50 x 30 x 8 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Johanna Seibert. Bracelet: Homo ornans, 2021. Gold, ceramics. 4 x 7 x 14 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique piece. Johanna Seibert
Bracelet: Homo ornans, 2021
Gold, ceramics
4 x 7 x 14 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique piece
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Laura Stachon. Body piece: Misappropriate, 2020. Metal, silicon.. 2 x 10 x 16 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Laura Stachon
Body piece: Misappropriate, 2020
Metal, silicon.
2 x 10 x 16 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
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Celine O'Neil. Object: Urform, 2021. Glas, copper. 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Celine O'Neil
Object: Urform, 2021
Glas, copper
30 x 30 x 30 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Isabelle Schaaf. Body piece: Intrakutan, 2021. Iron binding wire, adhesive. 30 x 20 cm. Photo by: Sophia Klara Mohr. Unique Piece. Isabelle Schaaf
Body piece: Intrakutan, 2021
Iron binding wire, adhesive
30 x 20 cm
Photo by: Sophia Klara Mohr
Unique Piece
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Lingjie Wang. Brooch: Hidden Power, 2020. Recycled newspaper. 15 x 10 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Lingjie Wang
Brooch: Hidden Power, 2020
Recycled newspaper
15 x 10 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Anina Löwe. Object: Mittel zum Zweck, 2020. Glass, metal. 60 x 100 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Anina Löwe
Object: Mittel zum Zweck, 2020
Glass, metal
60 x 100 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Victor Hahner. Object: Peter und der Wolf, 2020. Wood. Ca. 60 x ca. 90 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Victor Hahner
Object: Peter und der Wolf, 2020
Wood
Ca. 60 x ca. 90 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Xin Liu. Object: 3D Hand, 2019. Metal. 10 x 18 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Xin Liu
Object: 3D Hand, 2019
Metal
10 x 18 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Julia Schmölzer. Ring: Wasserwelten, 2021. Ceramic. 8 x 8 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Julia Schmölzer
Ring: Wasserwelten, 2021
Ceramic
8 x 8 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Valentina Michaelis. Necklace: Zwischenlärm, 2020. Achat, silver. 10 x 40 x 2 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Valentina Michaelis
Necklace: Zwischenlärm, 2020
Achat, silver
10 x 40 x 2 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Aynur Teyin. Object: Bauchgefühl, 2021. Building foam, brass. 5 x 5 x 12 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Aynur Teyin
Object: Bauchgefühl, 2021
Building foam, brass
5 x 5 x 12 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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Tzu-Yung Hung. Ring: Identität, 2020. Slate. 2 x 3 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. Unique Piece. Tzu-Yung Hung
Ring: Identität, 2020
Slate
2 x 3 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
Unique Piece
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