Sham Patwardhan-Joshi

Thinking Hands

Thinking Hands

Sham Patwardhan-Joshi

Sham Patwardhan-Joshi

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself.


Assistant Teacher for Jewellery Design,

University for Applied Sciences and Art



Guest lecturer: “Accessory Design

School of Fashion Technology, Pune India


Cultural Program Assistant

Goethe Institute Pune-India.


Diploma: Metal Design “HAWK“ Hildesheim

University for Applied Sciences and Art



Freelance Decorator: instrument/furniture

Till 1996

InterpreterTranslator for Indian and German Firms


German language Masters Studies DaF     University Bielefeld,Germany


Intensive German language courses

Goethe Institute, Pune, India


Bachelor of Commerce

Pune, India

2. How would you describe your journey as a contemporary jeweller?

Journey to jewellery. It took 45 years to get  realized. The process started actually in montessory kindergarten.

I cannot say which is my signature style- better ask other who know me and my works.

I use all kind of materials, like metal, paper, cloth, organic and  synthetic materials.

Technique: extensive use of lost wax method



3.What inspires you?


4.What direction do you see your work taking over the next 5/10 years?

Given all facilities with well equipped workshop, I will be able to continue with lost wax method.

My work will become complicated in appearance.

5.What are your thoughts about the contemporary jewellery field evolving in India?

A lot to say but still too early to compare Indian contemporary jewellery with European scene. Chances for young people are not enough to express their ideas. Jewellers and art collectors know less about this particular subject.

Indian designers are still stuck to traditions and traditional designs. That is only a repetition or copying.
The high class jewellery as well as designs were made only during Mughal times.
People are repeating them. The artisans have no way to develop their skills because of demand for traditional type of jewellery. The jewellery dealers are not aware of western developments, so are the educational institutions.
This attitude is holding back young aspirants. There is no question of lack of finances but willingness and proper design education.

6.List of publications, projects and exhibitions that you’ve been involved in.

MineralArt, Idar-Oberstein 2014

Group exhibition, Antiquariat Dieter Zipprich, Munich, Germany 2014

Cominelli Foundation Award, Padova, Italy 2013

Exhibition:mit Esther Brinkmann Schweiz, Georg Dobler, Margit Jäschke India 2012

Workshop mit Georg Dobler and Margit Jäschke,School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) India, 2012

“RITUAL” 21st Legnica International Jewellery Competition, Legnica Poland 2012

7th CHEONGJU International Craft Competition, South Korea 2011

“500 Rings” Lark Crafts Sterling Publishing Co., Broadway Asheville USA 2011

“Hochdosiert-Kunsthandwerk in Dosen“ Handwerksmuseum Deggendorf Germany 2011

“SEXY” 20th Legnica International Jewellery Competition, Legnica Poland 2011

“MINIMUM” 19th Legnica International Jewellery Competition, Legnica Poland 2010

(Honorable mention)

“Six Pack”Jewellery Design Competition, Greencard Crative Inc. New York USA 2010

C. Hafner, „Material and Design: “Form Follows Function“ RRH Stipendium Germany 2009

“Silber für den Altar 1900 bis heute” Museum Kestnerium, Hannover Germany 2009.

Friedrich Becker Preis, Germany 2008

“EXCLUSIVE” 17th Legnica International Jewellery Competition, Legnica Poland 2008

C. Hafner, “Creating independent Design with precious metals and other materials,RRH Stipendium Germany, 2007

“Family Members” Firma Münchow, Berlin Germany 2007

New Traditional Jewellery Competition, Amersfoort The Netherlands 2007

“Cup and Paten “competition of Regional Church in Hannover Germany 2005

(Purchase of work by the Church of Hannover)


“Tradition – Possession and Beyond” with Esther Brinkmann, Georg Dobler and Margit Jäschke, Pune India 2012

”Jewellery Design” with Georg Dobler and Margit Jäschke, School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) Pune India, 2012

“RITUAL” 21st Legnica International Jewellery Competition” Legnica Poland, 2012

“MINIMUM 19th Legnica International Jewellery Competition” (Belobigung) Legnica Poland, 2010

“Silber fuer den Altar. 1900 bis heute” Museum Kestnerium Hannover Germany 2009

“EXCLUSIVE 17th Legnica International Jewellery Competition” Legnica Poland, 2008

The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers 2008,

(Nominated by Karl Fritsch)Darling Publications, Germany, 2008

(first Indian Jewellery Designer for Contemporary Jewellery)

“Cup and Paten”, Regional Church of Hannover, Germany 2005

7.Where can one buy your work?

Only from me.

Green rose 1

Green rose 1





On the wall:   peter doig

On the pod:   currently none, but maria callas, cecilia bartoli, Lata Mangeshkar till 1970, Claudio Arrau-Chopin works, and many more

In the drive:   none

On the shelf: 70 books out of 100 by P.G.Wodehouse. Plan to have all.

Green rose 2

Green rose 2

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