A jewel in the sky

A jewel in the sky

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Anton Cepka (1936), a prominent representative of Slovak jewellery design graduated from the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava and from the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Prague, in the department headed by Bedřich Stefan and Jan Nušl. He won recognition in Europe by his thesis in 1963 that he presented at the International Arts and Crafts Fair in Munich and was awarded the Golden Medal and Bavarian State Award, both in 1964. In 1990, Cepka was awarded the Golden Ring, a prize given by Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, Germany to the most prominent jewellery designers of the world to honour their innovative contributions in the said field of artistic activity. The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava entrusted Cepka to establish the metal and jewellery studio in 1990. In the same year, Cepka became a co-founding member and the chairman of the Association of Jewellery Designers AURA. Cepka worked as an associate professor at the Academy till 1996.

Last year, the Association of Jewellery Designers AURA published a CD with A. Cepka´s artworks, available to see at www.cepka.sk . Currently, the artist prepares, in collaboration with the Spektrum Gallery in Munich, Germany, his collected works to be presented in Idar-Oberstein as well as for a jewellery exhibition planned for September 2007in the Röhss Museum in Göteborg, Sweeden.

„I have always employed my special artistic language, the geometric construction, that is never-ending inspiration for me. I have always worked with silver. I believe that silver is a material I know very intimately and I have learnt to work with. By working with silver, I demonstrate my respect for it. It is the material that can return what I put into it.”