Wolfgang Vaatz

Wolfgang Vaatz creates vivid imagery of the natural landscape using gold flake and engraved lines to achieve varying levels of dimension in his works.

"My career as an artist started in 1986. Throughout my exploration of different media over the years, starting with painting, followed by sculpting, finally designing and fabricating jewelry, the expression of my art remains the same - translating my experiences of natural landscapes. I feel privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to explore remote pristine places in nature which I then share through creating art.   I started working as a serious studio jeweler in late 2012, after moving to southern Arizona had rekindled my childhood fascination with gems and minerals. I drew from my previous sculpting and painting techniques to create unusual, scaled down works. My jewelry is collected and featured in exhibitions and galleries nationwide and abroad. In terms of formal training, I shortly attended Munich’s Kunstakademie after finishing high school in Germany; however, I soon left unsatisfied with what the art institute had to offer. Instead, I looked to the Namib desert - Namibia as my country of birth - in search for my voice as an artist. Thus, my art career started, leading me back to Germany and then to the US. Since 1996, I have been a proud, yet lately, rather concerned US citizen." -Wolfgang Vaatz Artist Statement

Awards

Saul Bell Design Award Winner

2016 - 2nd place

2017 – finalist

2018 - 1st place

Niche finalist (2016)

1st and Honorable Mention in the 2018 MJSA Vision Awards. 

Centurion’s Emerging Designer winner (2018)

 

Publications

SNAG’s (Society of North American Goldsmiths) first JaMS publication (Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey) 

Current Work

Inspired by Mount Rainier 
Pendant in California placer gold and 14k gold fused to carved, engraved and textured Argentium silver, oxidized and partially re-polished. Oxidized sterling silver 19" cable including 3.5" extension. Pendant approx. 1 1/4" in diameter and 3/16" deep. 

Past Work

ASPEN GROVE VARIATION 
Bracelet, unrefined CA placer gold, fused 14k yellow and rose gold, carved and engraved Argentium silver, oxidized. Size S. Approx. 5 1/4" circumference by 1 1/2" wide. 

 

Lily Pond with Koi 
Cuff in 14k yellow and green gold, carved & engraved argentium silver, 8mm amethyst, 6mm color changing pink garnet, and 5mm pink tourmaline. 1.88" h x 2.5" w x 2.27" w. 
Exhibit: Signs of Life 2016