State Prizes of Baden-Württemberg 2022

Prizes for design, art and craft awarded in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

The 2022 award winners are Ute Kathrin Beck (Stuttgart), Mirjam Hiller (Pforzheim) and Annette Lechler (Karlsruhe). “The prizewinning works embody creative sustainability, perfect craftsmanship and innovative creativity,” said Economics Minister Hoffmeister-Kraut at the award ceremony. Crafts are an important and highly valued part of Baden-Württemberg, the minister added. The prizes, each of which is endowed with 4,000 euros, were presented in Schwäbisch Gmünd on September 25th.

Ute Kathrin Beck, Stuttgart, nomination: 12 Apostles, fireclay stoneware, platinum, gold.

Mirjam Hiller, Pforzheim, nomination: Sound of Colors necklace – show one’s true colors, powder-coated stainless steel, nylon cord.

Annette Lechler, Karlsruhe, nomination: andernorts – comme une onde o lo12. Open shell linking, birch and thread.

Certificates and prize money of 500 euros for each winner were awarded to master carpenter Stefan Broszeit from Gomaringen, jewelry designer Tobias Dingler from Freiburg and master basket maker Lore Wild from Oberriexingen, each of whom was nominated for the state prize. Thomas Nathan from Backnang and Franziska Bernadette Wentz from Stuttgart received this year’s prizes for young craftspeople. The awards are conferred by the Ministry of Economics and the “Promoting Talent” initiative of the BdK Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e. V. (Association of Craftspeople in Baden-Württemberg). Philipp Friedrich, a master stone sculptor and stonemason from Teningen, won the craftsmanship award.

Förderpreis für das junge Kunsthandwerk: Thomas Nathan, Backnang, Cylindrical from the Lumps of Clay series, porcelain, pigment.

Förderpreis für das junge Kunsthandwerk: Franziska Wentz, Stuttgart, Mae lamp, rattan (natural material from the rotang palm).

The Hanns Model Memorial Prize for outstanding work and many years of involvement in the BdK Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e. V. was awarded to textile designer Marianne Wurst.

The public prize of 1,000 euros will be awarded in Schwäbisch Gmünd on November 6, 2022. All visitors at the State Exhibition of Arts and Crafts are invited to vote for their favorite exhibited object.

The competition for the State Awards for Design, Art & Craft, as well as the state exhibition, recur every two years. The co-organizers of the state exhibition are the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism, the Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e.V., and a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The city of Schwäbisch Gmünd is hosting the state exhibition this year.

No fewer than 112 craftspeople from Baden-Württemberg submitted a total of 227 works for the state prizes and participation in the state exhibition. An expert jury awarded the state prizes and other awards, and also chose 90 works for presentation at the exhibition. The selected objects will be on display at Galerie im Prediger and Labor im Chor from September 25 to November 6, 2022. Admission is free.


  • Labor im Chor, Im Prediger
    Johannisplatz 3
    D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
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