|1942||Born in Toruń, Poland|
|1972–1977||Berlin University of the Arts|
|Since 1980||Own studio in Berlin|
|1983||Berlin State Prize|
|1987||Hessen State Prize|
|1988||Baden-Württemberg State Prize|
At first, Carl Dau started his career as a mariner. At 23 he reinvented himself and learned the goldsmith’s trade. After his subsequent design studies at Berlin’s University of the Arts he strongly influenced the development of modern jewelry design with his minimalist creations. Often, his jewelry lines reveal obvious affinities with the sculptures created by Donald Judd, Richard Serra and other artists associated with minimalism. Stainless steel, sometimes combined with precious metal, plays a central role in his work, which has been honored with several State Prizes. Since the beginning of the new millenium, his pieces have increasingly featured colored surfaces and sometimes even diamonds. As a result of their simple form, material and function, Dau’s pieces often appeal to men. Since the beginning of the new millennium, his pieces increasingly feature colored surfaces and even diamonds.