Commissions welcome.



Artist statement

Living in Australia has influenced my work profoundly through discovering my passion for rocks and minerals which occur in abundance here. For a number of years I myself have been collecting, processing and cutting the stones I use in my work inspired by their colours. The crystalline formations of minerals which grow in a variety of different systems stimulate me to construct both jewellery and objects that reference and utilize gems and minerals. My art practice is a continual exploration of the possibilities offered by engaging with minerals, rocks and metal. I use and interpret this material in various ways: its actual form, cut, uncut and as interpretations of the crystalline structure.



Schwarzer trained in jewellery making and metalwork at the Zeichenakademie Hanau, Germany, one of the oldest training institutions in Europe. In 1993 she moved to Australia and is currently she is a tenant at JamFactory, center for contemporary craft and design in Adelaide.

With a Masters Degree in Visual Arts and Design, Schwarzer exhibits widely nationally and internationally and her work is included in many private collections. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.






2010                                      Masters in visual arts and design Uni SA

2005                                      Gem faceting training, SA

2004                                      Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training Adelaide Tafe SA

1994                                      Opal cutting course, Adelaide SA

1986                                      Fachhochschule Hildesheim guest studies silversmithing under Professor Bunk

1983 – 1984                          Worked as goldsmith in Hannover Germany

1983                                      Contemporary design studies under Gunther Lorenzen

1979 – 1983                          Goldsmith apprenticeship Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau: trained in gem setting, repousse,    

                                              engraving,sculpture and silversmithing


professional experience

2011                                       JamFactory tenant

                                                Prototyping workshop with Robert Foster, JamFactory

2010                                        JMGA conference, reinterpreting the enameled surface

2008                                        Mentorship with Julie Blyfield, Greg Healy

2007                                        Masterclass with Gis Baker, Mentorship with Frank Bauer

2005 – current                         Lecturer in jewellery making, AC Arts, Adelaide

1993 – current                         Established and operating own studio in South Australia

1993                                        Arrived in Australia and established studio in the Adelaide Hills

1988 – 1993                            Worked and displayed in Gallery in Bremen Germany

1983 –1988                             Own studio in Hannover Germany


solo exhibitions


2010                                       GeoMorphing, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA

2009                                       GeoMorphing, Zu Design Jewellery and Objects Adelaide, SA

2008                                       Informing Facets, Jam Factory Adelaide SA, Framed NT, Studio Ingot, VIC

2004                                       Southern Bite, 1000C, Sydney NSW

2003                                       Inside SAM‘s Place, Gem cutting display, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA

                                               Purple Space, Jam Factory. Adelaide, SA

2002                                       Design Within, Makers Mark Sydney, NSW and Melbourne, VIC

                                               Design Within, Zu Design Jewellery and Objects, Adelaide, SA


selected exhibitions


2011                                       Rhopos, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide SA 

                                               Covet, A Survey of Contemporary South Australian Jewellery,Central Gallery SA 

                                               Welcome Signs, Contemporary Interpretations of the Garland, World Crafts council,India,

                                               New Delhi

                                               TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SAILOR… 100 Years, 100 Women, 100 Stories, 100 Brooches,

                                                touring exhibition, starting at Artisan Brisbane QLD

2010                                       National contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffiths, NSW                                          

2009                                       Wishlist , Central School Art Adelaide

                                               They Match, Zu Design Adelaide

2009                                       Winter Brooches, studio 2017 Sydney NSW

2008                                       Christmas Rocks, Metalab Sydney NSW

2008                                       Interpretation of Place, Hahndorf Academy SA

                                               refigured/refined, Hahndorf Academy and Craftsouth SA

                                               Off the Hook, Zu Designs Jewellery and Objects SA

2007                                       Contemporary Wearables, Toowoomba NSW

                                               On The Cuff, Zu Designs Jewellery and Objects Adelaide SA

2006                                       Christmas Collection Beaver, Galleries, Canberra ACT

2005                                       Full circle Zu Design, Jewellery and Objects, Adelaide SA

1998                                       Ring show, Zu Design Jewellery and Object, Adelaide SA

1996                                       Vincenca Oro, in Association with JamFactory Gallery, Vincenca, Italy

1997                                      Tresors, Australian Craft in Singapore, with Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT

1995                                      The Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs NT

                                              Up Front, The Door Exhibition Space, Fremantle WA

1994                                      Bijoutrie Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide SA

                                               Armed  the Door Exhibition Space, Fremantle WA

                                              National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW

1993                                      Second Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, Jam Factory, Adelaide SA


grants and awards

2011                                      Australia Council Grant, New Work

                                              Arts SA Project Grant, presentation and promotion of Rhopos, an exhibition of contemporary

                                              jewellery, objects and works on paper produced by Regine Schwarzer and Catherine Hewitt 

2010                                      Finalist National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith NSW

2007                                      Arts SA Grant, Project Development and Presentation

2001                                      Arts SA Grant, New Work                   

1994                                      Highly Commended, National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith NSW

                                              Finalist Awards for Excellence, Goldsmith Guild SA

                                               Arts SA, Project Grant



2012                                       Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers, Techniques treatments and applications for

                                               inspirational design, Search  Press, p169 

2011                                       Rhopos, Exhibition review by Christine Nicholls, Asian Art News, Volume 21, pp 93 -94

2011                                       Rhopos ,self published

2011                                       500 Silver Jewels, Lark Books pp

2010                                       500 Gemstone Jewels Lark Books pp 35, 54, 356

2008                                       Facets of Delineation, Crafts Arts International, issue 74 pp 71 – 73

2008                                       Informing facets, self published, 2008

2004                                       1000 Rings Larks Books pp 256, 292 

2002                                       Designing with Stones, Crafts Arts International Issue 56 pp 51 – 53

1996                                       Narratives in Precious Metal and Stone ,Craft Arts International Issue 36 pp 34 – 37



1993 – current                        Accredited Member, Craftsouth: Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design