Ulli Kaiser creates stunningly beautiful contemporary jewellery using gemstones, vintage beads and silver

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Ulli was born in Austria and studied Textile Art and Art Education (emphasis Painting) at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum" Salzburg, (university for music and dramatic arts), gaining the degree "Mag. Art." with honours.

After several years in Hong Kong where she taught Art and was involved in bookbinding, Asian jewellery and textile techniques, she moved to England in 1998 and I now designs and works from her studio near Guildford, Surrey.

Fascinated by the tension that can be created between different materials and colour combinations, Ulli taught herself the old technique of bead crochet with the intention of using it not just with conventional glass rocaille beads, but with other materials such as coloured wood, shells, antique facetted cut glass or tiny gemstones.

Since 2008 silversmithing has developed into an integral part of her practice, enabling contrasts not only in colour and technique, but also in form.

"Inspiration is derived from the materials themselves and from old botanical studies, nevertheless, all my work evolves while making."

All of Ulli's necklaces, bracelets and earrings are unique, one-off pieces.