Katrin Feulner


Katrin Feulner is a German jeweller who works primarily with discarded and collected steel objects, making jewellery that dissolves its previous, resistant associations and forms new ones. She graduated from the University of Design, Pforzheim in 2015 and won the prestigious Herbert Hofmann Award in 2020.


“Katrin collects iron bars and tubes of leftover pieces and scrapyard junk. Her friends help her in her passion of gathering parts of overproduction and neglected pieces. She lets her finds age in her drawers and workbench and when she considers them ready she starts to transform them into jewellery.


She allows herself plenty of time for decision-making in order to respect the character of the original, however, there can still be a forceful process of transformation involving pressing and excessive cutting of a big piece into smaller parts. She doesn’t take short- cuts and her work cannot be referred to as, “Ready made“ and doesn’t belong to the category of, “Found objects“.


Her pieces have a sculptural quality because she works with what is within the material waiting to be interpreted. She respects the effort that has been put into the smallest pieces and spares no effort to continue a process that has started long before and will be continued to conclusion by the wearer. In the end what seems to be a random, forgotten object makes absolute sense.”


Andi Gut, 2015

CUT 01 necklace, 2019, found metal object, steel wire

More work by Katrin Feulner

CUT 01 by Katrin Feulner CUT 01 , 2019, Found metal object, steel wire ,
CUT 29 by Katrin Feulner CUT 29 , 2020, Found metal objects ,
Relation 02.3 by Katrin Feulner Relation 02.3 , 2018, Found metal object, steel carbide ,
Arbeiten 1607 by Katrin Feulner Arbeiten 1607 , 2016, Steel sheet, wire ,
Relation 02.4 by Katrin Feulner Relation 02.4 , 2018, Found metal object, silicon carbide, steel ,
CUT 24 by Katrin Feulner CUT 24 , 2019, Found metal objects, steel sheet ,
CUT 22 by Katrin Feulner CUT 22 , 2019, Found metal object, steel wire ,
CUT 21 by Katrin Feulner CUT 21 , 2019, Found metal objects, steel wire ,
Relation 02.1 by Katrin Feulner Relation 02.1 , 2018, Found metal object, tourmaline, steel ,
Relation 02.2 by Katrin Feulner Relation 02.2 , 2018, Found metal object, tourmaline, steel ,
CUT 20 by Katrin Feulner CUT 20 , 2019, Found metal objects, wire ,
Relation by Katrin Feulner Relation , 2016, Found metal object, tourmaline ,



15 October - 9 November, 2019

Melbourne artist Jo Scicluna and German jeweller Katrin Feulner work in different disciplines, but each makes work that concentrates at the point where two elements meet. ‘Visitors’ brings these artists as guests to Funaki for an exhibition that explores the nature of aesthetic objects, in balance and tension, across two fields of art practice.

2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 24 - September 24, 2016

The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery.  35 artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.

2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

15 August - 15 September 2018

The 2018 Mari Funaki Award presents work by 30 emerging and established artists from around the world.