Auguste Papendieck Prize 2012

The Augus­te-Papen­dieck-Pri­ze 2012 bes­to­wed by the Spar­kas­se Bre­men was awar­ded to uru­shi mas­ter Man­fred Schmid.

The tra­di­tio­nal art of uru­shi is an anci­ent Japa­ne­se lac­quer tech­ni­que which com­bi­nes per­fec­ted craft­s­manship with a spi­ri­tu­al dimen­si­on. Man­fred Schmid is one of the few artists in Euro­pe who has devo­ted him­s­elf to so-cal­led “Japa­ne­se lac­quer.”
This pri­ze has been awar­ded every second year sin­ce 1966 in reco­gni­ti­on of exem­pla­ry and inno­va­ti­ve accom­plish­ments in the area of con­tem­pora­ry app­lied arts and is endo­wed with 6,000 Euros. It com­me­mo­ra­tes cera­mic artist Augus­te Papen­dieck (1873-1950) of Bre­men. She was the first woman in Ger­ma­ny to recei­ve a Master’s cer­ti­fi­ca­te in the high­ly tra­di­tio­nal potte­ry craft in 1912. She, like many modern arts cera­mists, found her artis­tic models in old Chi­ne­se eart­hen­wa­re.
Indi­vi­dua­li­ty and ori­gi­na­li­ty, a dis­tinc­tive signa­tu­re, are the most important cri­te­ria for awar­ding the Augus­te-Papen­dieck-Pri­ze, which dis­tin­guis­hes the com­ple­te works of an arti­san on the basis of up to five cur­rent pie­ces of work.