Born in Bavaria/Germany in 1967 and raised on my parents' farm, I discovered my love of wood at an early age and learned the profession of carpenter. I worked in a small family business for a few years, where I was able to gain versatile experience and began to experiment in the field of design. I decided to follow my creative urge, graduated from the Technical College for Design in Augsburg and then studied Interior Design in Rosenheim.
I have been working as an interior designer since 1998. While living in Alaska for several months (2001), I discovered a book written by the English woodturner Tony Boase which excited me so much that I took up woodturning again. In 2005 I moved to the Rhineland for love.
My special connection to wood, my passion to work with it and my creative urge have further deepened over the years. Since 2006 I have been working as a freelance wood artist in Leverkusen.
Native woods, preferably oak, are the base of my objects. I turn thin-walled vessels, some asymmetrical, on different axes. The finely sanded inner and heavily brushed outer surfaces and final finish of the works display the living structure of the wood. The individual grain of each object thus emerges not only visually but also haptically. I like to play with the colouring properties of tannic acid, which oak wood contains naturally, to obtain variability in the final surface colouring of my vessels.
Member of the AKD / Applied Art Dusseldorf
Member of German Crafts Association - the German Crafts Council
Represented in the Museum of Art and Cultural History / Dortmund
Hessian State Award 3rd place for German Arts and Crafts - Best of 2021
Winner of the State Award MANU FACTUM 2017 / NRW, Germany
MANU FACTUM State Award 2017 / NRW, Germany
State Award / Justification of the jury
Three vessels made of oak wood by Konrad Koppold
The first glance, the initial impression: This is, most likely, when we're touched on an emotional, haptical, proportional and creative level. Perhaps it is the deliberate asymmetry due to the different working processes, the obvious knowledge of the material's shrinkage directions – what we see is a kind of playful imperfection achieved in a perfectionist way. To be able, as a member of the jury, to approach exhibits that even from a distance show that a truly gifted artisan has been at work, is very special. In this case, years of experience and technical craftsmanship combine to manifest a persistent creative curiosity as well as continuity in the development process. Very impressive. The three vessels are presented in oak wood. Two of them were turned green, one turned conventionally and then ebonized with vinegar and wire wool. The interior surfaces of the objects appear delicate in their fine finish and through their ebonisation give the interior a wonderful depth. The outer surface, in turn, which is matt grey, structured and relief brushed, is focused and rich in contrast. The brushed grain of the oak unfolds in all its beauty and makes one wish to touch it. These three vessels both express and incite a desire for material and form – what more can one want?
Lokalzeit aus Köln vom 26. 10. 2013
Baum Kunst made in Leverkusen
Handwerk, Design, Kunst und Tradition Köln und Umgebung
Auszug aus dem Titel: „Handwerk, Design, Kunst und Tradition Köln und Umgebung“ (Autorin: Silke Martin, Fotografen: Andreas Tauber und Friedhelm Rettig, April 2011, Neuen Umschau Bucherverlag, ISBN-Nummer 978-3-86528-486-0)
Kunsthandwerk & Design
Ausgabe 10 / 2017