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Klaus Kloeppel

Klaus Kloeppel

"I enjoy creating objects that combine functionality and beauty, and that are crafted using traditional methods and tools. My inspiration comes from living in a beautiful environment surrounded by trees, pastures, and coastline. Shapes and textures are borrowed from nature, and working with wood gives me a chance to extend the life of the individual tree. "

Klaus Kloeppel combines traditional methods of woodworking and metal leaf gilding in gold and silver to create pieces that are truly distinctive. He intends to create work that is beautiful to look at and feels nice when handled and touched. He also creates custom gilded frames for local artists.

Pieces are created using sustainable wood, turned using a bowl or spindle lathe, textured by carving or burning, and finished with the age-old techniques of water and oil gilding.

Klaus Kloeppel is a member of the American Society of Gilders and received his training for metal leaf application in 2007. The remaining techniques of woodworking and finishing are self taught and inspired by many books and other resources.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Santa Cruz Open Studio Artist Tour, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz County, 2000
Santa Cruz Open Studio Artist Tour, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz County, 2001
Santa Cruz Open Studio Artist Tour, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz County, 2002
Santa Cruz Open Studio Artist Tour, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz County, 2003
Santa Cruz Open Studio Artist Tour, Watsonville, CA, Santa Cruz County, 2004
Museum of Gilded Art Opening Exhibit, Pontiac , Illinois, Museum of Gilded Arts ( MOGA ), 2015