Monday, 06 February 2023 10:41

31st IJC QUALITY - list of qualified participants


The Jury of the 31st International Jewellery Competition „Quality” composed of: prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski (Poland), prof. Piotr Korduba (Poland) David Sandu (Romania), prof. Ludmila  Šikolová (Czech Republic), Ana Pina (Portugal) evaluated 317 works by 189 artists from 30 countries, qualifying works by 40 artists from 16 countries for the main exhibition.


The qualified works are presented at the post-competition exhibition at the Gallery of Art in Legnica during this year's edition of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER from 25.04.-16.07.2023 r.

The winners of the competition will be announced on May 6, 2023, during the culmination of the Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER.

The unqualified works will be shown at the Holownia exhibition in the Old Town Hall in Legnica from 25.04.-04.06.2023.









In the times of constant change, at least one thing about jewellery seems to remain constant. It is the quality parameter. However, is quality today still defined by the perfection of long-learned craftsmanship,  the material equivalent measured by the conversion rate of an ounce of gold or the use of precious stones, or perhaps the marketing value of a logo or an artist's signature? First fashion designers and now pattern designers have re-evaluated the meaning of basic concepts that once seemed paradigmatic. The new benchmarks that set the quality standard are sustainability, experience instead of possession, the democratisation of luxury, the relationship with the viewer. Surely designers of artistic jewellery will find equally inspiring answers. What is QUALITY for you?


prof. Sławomir Fijałkowski





Sławomir Fijałkowski – Professor of fine arts. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Łódź (Poland) – Jewellery Design, postgraduate studies at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz (Austria). He has worked in many private and public academies, currently leading the Experimental Design Studio at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. He deals with product and jewellery design in collaboration with recognized manufacturers and author’s design. Participant, organizer and curator of many jewellery and design exhibitions, author of texts, analysis, theoretical and scientific descriptions, as well as educational programs in the field of contemporary jewellery. A general consultant of Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER and a jury member in Legnica International Jewellery Competition for over 20 years. A curator of the International Fair of Amber and Jewellery Amberif from 2020.

Piotr Korduba, Prof. Ph.D – art historian, director of the Art History Institute at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Specialist in the field of the residential architecture, interior design, design, arts and crafts, as well as in the german-polish art and cultural relationship. He has published six books and numerous articles. His last book was dedicated to the folk-oriented aesthetics in polish design and interior decorations in the 20th century in their ideological context (Folklore for Sale. Towarzystwo Popierania Przemysłu Ludowego, Cepelia, Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego, Ludowość na sprzedaż. Towarzystwo Popierania Przemysłu Ludowego, Cepelia, Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego, Warsaw 2013). Several scholarship holder in Germany (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Herzog-August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel) and in Rome, Italy (Lanckoroński-Foundation). Principal investigator of the research project: Furniture-making in Poznań 1945-1989. Education, design, production (National Science Centre: Poland).

Ana Pina – born in 1980, in Porto, Portugal, city where she lives and works. She graduates in architecture (Faculty of Architecture - University of Porto, 2004) and works in an office for a few years, until she founds her passion for contemporary jewelry. Jeweler and gallerist, she now divides her work between her personal brand, launched in 2012, and Tincal lab, that is since 2015 an active contemporary jewelry workshop and exhibition space, featuring curated workshops with invited jewelers, individual and collective exhibitions, by local and international artists. The highlight of these events is Tincal lab Challenge, launched every year with a different theme - an international open call that results in a collective exhibition that aims to inspire artists and increase public awareness of contemporary jewelry. In her work Ana Pina combines the background in architecture with traditional jewelry techniques and contemporary concepts of design in the creation of jewels with a strong abstract and geometric inspiration.

David Sandu – the first Romanian artist who made contemporary jewelry his main field of interest and expression. He begins his apprenticeship as a jewelry designer at the age of 13 in the studio of Vlad Gherghiceanu (sculptor and jewelry artist), and soon gets in touch with the classic techniques of author jewelry from the aesthetic and conceptual perspective of contemporary art. After graduating UNARTE – The National Arts University in Bucharest, he works as an independent designer and in 2006 opens the first contemporary jewelry gallery in Romania and participates in numerous international exhibitions. In 2010, David Sandu sets the foundations of Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry and Assamblage National Jewelry Association, playing a major role in the formation of a new generation of artists and designers. In 2020, he became a founding member and curator of the international event Romanian Jewelry Week, alongside Ioana Andrei and Valentina Buzamurga, an event already at its third edition.

Ludmila Šikolová – Assosiate Professor, Master of Fine Art. She studied at The High Industrial Design School, Jablonec nad Nisou (Czech Republic) from 1979 to 1983 and at the Academy of Art, Department of Metal and Jewellery in Prague from 1985 to 1991. In 1996 she was on a scholarship at RISD- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA.
Since 2015 Ludmila Šikolová is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic) in the Department of Design of Jewellery and Glass. For more than thirty years she takes part in exhibitions and symposiums at home and abroad.


List of qualified artists:


1. Sharareh Aghaei – Iran/Germany

2. Miriam Arentz – Germany

3. Magdalena Bajer – Poland

4. Marcin Bogusław – Poland

5. Andrzej Boss – Poland

6. Teresa Dantas – Portugal

7. Vendula Fabián – Czech Republic

8. Sara Gackowska – Poland

9. Tamara Grüner – Germany

10. Susanne Hammer – Austria/Germany

11. Iris Hummer – Austria

12. Hung Li Tzu – Taiwan

13. Tadeusz Jaśkowiak – Poland

14. Rasa Jundulaitė – Lithuania

15. Alicja Kania – Poland

16. Christina Karababa – Greece

17. Mira Kim – South Korea

18. Sergiusz Kuchczyński – Poland

19. Annelieke Landré – The Netherlands

20. Peter Machata – Slovakia

21. Jana Machatová – Slovakia

22. Agnieszka Nowicka – Poland

23. Michalina Owczarek-Siwak – Poland

24. Sham Patwardhan-Joshi – Germany

25. Ruudt Peters – The Netherlands

26. Aleksandra Popova – Bulgaria

27. Eva Růžičková – Czech Republic

28. Kristýna Španihelová – Czech Republic

29. Kamilė Stanelienė – Lithuania

30. Magdalena Szadkowska – Poland

31. Anna Szałkiewicz – Poland

32. Sława Tchórzewska – Poland

33. Youjin Um – South Korea

34. Pilar Viedma – Spain

35. Zhipeng Wang – China

36. Nicole Walger – Germany

37. Sandra Wilson – Great Britain

38. Andrea Wippermann – Germany

39. Arek Wolski – Poland

40. Sareh Zarghampour – Iran


We would like to thank all participants and congratulate the qualified artists!


Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER

Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.