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Weissflog, from Honnersum, Germany, studied mechanical engineering and design. In 1994 Weissflog received the highest honor for a German craft artist, The Lower Saxony State Award. The jury which selected Weissflog made the following comment about the power of his work: "The old wood turners' craft, its products and today's design language are, not without good reason, in conflict. Hans J. Weissflog, as a woodturner and designer, belongs to a small group of renewers of an often only nostalgic and curatorial pursued craft…With his work, the creating of vessels, boxes and free objects, he belongs to the undisputed magicians of the art of wringing every form from a piece of wood, above all physical and technical boundaries."
HANS JOACHIM WEISSFLOG. German, 1954–
Broken Through Ball Box 1995
African blackwood, boxwood, lathe-turned
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason. 1998.114.14a-b