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January 24, 2014

Andris Lauders

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ANDRIS LAUDERS

Andris Lauders graduated from the metal design department at the Tallinn Art Institute (now the Estonian Academy of Arts) in 1985. He has participated in exhibitions of contemporary jewellery in the Baltic States, Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Lauders’ work can be found in private collections worldwide. In 1996 he won the main award, the Fabergé Award, at the international jewellery exhibition in St. Petersburg.

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Artworks of Andris Lauders – functional jewellery is made ​​of silver, with gold additions. The technique of the artist implies that first, from gold and silver plates an ornament is created, and heat is applied from below. Since gold has a higher melting temperature than silver, the hard gold plates can sit into the softer silver plates thus fixing the ornament design. Smaller pieces of jewellery are initially formed in wax and then cast. The largest – made ​​of components and brazed together, leaving a hollow middle. This reduces the weight of jewellery and allows it to be worn daily. Mammoth bone is cut, carved and put into his jewelry, but with the help of silver wire additional dotted accents or other ornaments are formed.

Andris Lauders (1961) is one of the leading Latvian jewellery artists. He is a graduate of the School of Applied Arts, Metal department (1980) and the Estonian Art Institute,  Metal department (1985). He began his creative work by infringing the pre-set rules. In particular, during the Soviet period, metal artists were taught to avoid mixing the base materials in their works, however, it is the silver and gold combination that has become the face of Andris Lauders jewellery. As accents in his jewellery, he uses not only gems and pearls, but also the more extraordinary materials – mammoth bones, ancient coins, lava, etc. The presence of historicism is gracefully present in his works. However, from all cultures, the ancient Egyptian jewellery has the dominant effect here. His jewellery traditionally has a narrative, but handwriting is developing in the direction of simplicity. Simple geometric shapes are mainly used in his artworks.

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