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The Laibach Atelier / Gallery in the Black Forest, Germany.
Kerstin Laibach still has a private workbench in Dorset,
the Atelier /
Bespoke Consultation Information
Laibach's German crafting studio / gallery is situated in
the beautiful old town area of Schopfheim; a "gateway" town
of the Black Forest just north of the Swiss border and
east of the Rhine Valley's French border. The
studio is a converted tractor shed and historically part of the
local hemp trade.
Since opening in early 2014 it has become an inspiring focal
point for jewellery and art lovers, with its combination
of appealing design
and relaxed ambiance ... a tranquil space to discuss client
Couples ... the
First Strike of the Hammer...
Couples are invited for a personal consultation
with Kerstin - and for long distance visitors, accommodation
and other amenities can be arranged. As an additional service,
wedding couples can put their hand to the very first stages of forging
the raw recycled precious metals of their new rings, by
rolling, heating and hammering. This key moment
in the pure hand-making of your new rings can also be
professionally photo/video documented.
are planning a visit to the studio for consultation on wedding
bands or other bespoke design please call in advance for
an appointment. During your visit please allow approximately
two hours for discussion.
Atelier/ Gallery Location
atelier in Schopfheim is situated just off a small square;
slightly set back at the end of the main shopping street
by two restaurants. There is plenty of car parking and cycle
space in the square.
At the studio you can bring in your pieces for repair, browse
collections and discuss wedding bands and bespoke design.
Laibach is happy to meet new and current clients by appointment
(or if you are in the area please ring the bell in case
you can be seen straight away).
The studio / gallery is at:
is a short drive (35 minutes) or train journey from Basel
Airport (Euro Airport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg)
Kerstin Laibach's UK clients.
Kerstin's private workbench in Dorset remains, therefore
client meetings in London and the south and west of England
can always be arranged.
You Can Purchase directly from the Laibach Schopfheim Atelier
For security purposes
most Laibach pieces and example rings on display in the
atelier are made in recycled sterling silver. You may however
straight away purchase some silver display pieces (also
through this website) which do not require essential sizing
For security, ethical and quality reasons, all requests
for pieces in high-end precious metals / gems are hand-crafted
to order as no high-end precious metals or gems are kept
in stock. Each piece is made individually and Kerstin Laibach
will source only the necessary amount of recycled precious
materials and gemstones required for each individual hand-forged
near future, there are plans for part of the atelier to
also serve as an intimate gallery space. We will be occasionally
selecting high standard ethical artists who exclusively
use vegan friendly materials to present some of their works.
More details to follow so please bookmark this page.
/ Gallery Opening Times
opening times, these are displayed and updated on the contact
and on the front windows of the studio itself.
As a general rule, opening is mostly between 10.30am until
7 or 8pm Monday to Saturday (Tuesday 10.30 till 2.30pm),
with viewing also available on most Sundays. It often
remains open during German lunchtime periods between 12pm
and 2pm. For earlier or later appointments and other days
get in touch.
If you plan to visit spontaneously you can also check in
advance if the atelier is open by calling the German telephone
numbers found on the contact
There will be periods of one to two weeks every couple of
months where Kerstin Laibach will be in England attending
to UK clients. Kerstin will also be showing at exhibitions
internationally approx. 8 times over the year - usually
Environmental / Vegan Credentials
atelier / gallery has been sympathetically renovated to enhance
its original historic form. All materials used are vegan friendly
including wall paint and furnishings. Wherever possible, natural
plant fibre materials have been used rather than man-made. New
electric and structural fittings have had to be used where health
and safety regulations require it. Otherwise, most furnishings
and fittings are antique or reclaimed materials. Electricity is
supplied via the local renewable energy service (hydro, solar
and wind). Gallery lights are LED and occasional supplementary
kinetic lighting is often provided by own-made organic soya wax
candles. Unfortunately the shadowed positioning of the atelier
offers no practical possibility to run its own supplementary solar
energy supply. The Black Forest is an alpine climate and in winter
is cold and snowy. A minimal amount of heating is provided by
previously installed gas central heating but we regularly utilize
the building's old wood burning heater system. Wood is obtained
from nonnative coniferous trees from the Black Forest which are
now been felled and replaced with original native trees to help
restore the forest ecosystem back to its natural state.
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