Thomas Pildner
1958Born in Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany
1987–1991Studied Business Administration in Frankfurt, graduated with a B.A. degree
1991–2004Worked abroad for Lufthansa, became acquainted with an elderly Sikh woodturner
1998Started to explore and experiment with wood, teaching himself how to work the material
2004Attended woodturning workshops and created his first objects
Since 2010Has been working in his own workshop in Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe

Thomas Pildner

Thomas Pildner uses freshly cut wood to create his wooden vessels and objects on a lathe. To endow each of his creations with an individually distinctive personality, he deliberately incorporates cracks, fissures and lines of fracture as design elements. Due to the wood’s asymmetrical warping during the subsequent drying process, each of his vessels is a unique piece. “This is intended, yet can never be planned,” explains Thomas Pildner, adding that in each object, a tree tells its story, reveals its nature and lives on. “My work is finished when it pays tribute to a tree, when it is perceived not only as a vessel but as an object with a character all its own,” he says.

More about Thomas Pildner on

Thomas Pildner – Metamorphoses in Wood

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      • Museum Angewandte Kunst

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        60594 Frankfurt
        Phone+ 49 (0)69 21 23 85 30
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        Wednesday 10 am–8 pm
        Photo: Andreas Praefcke
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