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.

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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 / Represented

Recommended by HOMO FABER GUIDE

Member of Applied Art NRW

Member of German Crafts Association

Loewe Foundation THE ROOM

Represented in the Museum of Art and Cultural History / Dortmund

Awards / Honourings

2023   Cheongju Craft Biennale / Korea (Finalist)

2023   Danner Preis (nominated)

2022   Loewe Foundation Craft Prize (Finalist)

2022   Zeughausmesse Arts & Crafts Days / Berlin (2. Platz)

2021   Hessian State Award 3rd place

2017   State Award MANUFACTUM / NRW

2017   Danner Award (nominated)

            State Award MANUFACTUM / NRW
            Nominations 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2021, 2023


Filmbeitrag des WDR

Lokalzeit aus Köln vom 26. 10. 2013
Baum Kunst made in Leverkusen


Handwerk, Design, Kunst und Tradition Köln und Umgebung

Originalansicht (PDF)

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
Nr. 1/2013

Originalansicht (PDF)

Nr. 5/2013

Originalansicht (PDF)

Ausgabe 10 / 2017

  Originalansicht (PDF)

BK studio 22 | 2021

Originalansicht (PDF)

Drechsler Magazin
Ausgabe 58 | Frühjahr 2022


Schöner Wohnen
Ausgabe Februar 2023

Schöner Wohnen

Auszug aus der Februar Ausgabe 2023
Redaktion: Judith Schüller
Photos: Jonas von der Hude
Produktion: Irina Graewe
Text: Gunda Siebke