Story: Crafts and applied arts

Jeweller Kobi Bosshard, 1982 (1st of 3)

Jeweller Kobi Bosshard, 1982

Swiss immigrant Kobi Bosshard settled in New Zealand in 1961 and briefly worked in a Wellington jewellery shop before becoming a mountain guide. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he had trained as a goldsmith in Switzerland and returned to jewellery in 1966, making his own pieces and selling them through shops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. With Steve Mulqueen he established Fluxus, an influential gallery and workshop, in Dunedin in 1983. Bosshard was an important figure who helped create a following for modern metal jewellery in New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1982/2489
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, 'Crafts and applied arts - Ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles, 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, published 22 Oct 2014