A panel appointed by the Finnish Goldsmith Association has chosen the Goldsmith of the Year since 1987. Goldsmiths, silversmiths, jewellers or engravers who have displayed particular professional competence are all eligible for nomination to the panel.
Every day brings something new for goldsmith Ville Redman. Redman works at Kultaseppä Kulmala and draws his passion from the world of technology and classic working methods.
He moves freely between the total precision of his day job and the world of art. His work ranges from brilliant-cut jewels set with piety to cast pieces with surprising surfaces. Redman is interested in accepting failure and the impact that zunknown factors can have on a design. Quirks and chance create an unpredictable and uncontrolled result.
He is skilled in working on a range of scales; working in hundredths of millimetres on rings, but he can also turn his hand to much bigger projects, such as motorbikes. Redman has sought influence from machine shops, theatre work and various goldsmith workshops. His work also features glimpses of the Icelandic mindscape and design after spending a year in Reykjavik.
Redman strives to deepen and develop his skills. Once he comes up with something great, he feels the urge to share it immediately. Transparency and dialogue help the goldsmith industry to develop, and he aims to set an example by creating an increasingly open culture.