Born in Marburg, Hiawatha Seiffert initially trained as a metal worker and qualified as a Meister in 2003. In 1999 Hiawatha helped form the culture group “Raum 2″ which brought him into contact with and gave him his first experience of metal design. From 2006 until 2010 he studied Metal Design at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim under Prof. Werner Bünck and Prof. Georg Dobler.
At the Grassimesse 2010 Hiawatha Seiffert was awarded the Sparkasse Leipzig Grassipreis for his collection of bowls made from chains.
Grassi Blog: From where came the idea to form objects from chains?
Hiawatha Seiffert: I was out walking with my dog and found a large machine chain, took it home, considered what I could do with and from that the project grew.
Grassi Blog: And in terms of the process, do you melt the chains together or….
Hiawatha Seiffert: As a first step the chains are welded together. Then the rough form is made with an air hammer, which I then correct with a hand hammer to bring it into the form I want. Everything is carried out without a mould or a press, so free form.
Grassi Blog: And are the chains still those that you find or…
Hiawatha Seiffert … No. Initially that was the case, but, for example, for the large bowl here one needs 40-50 chains , and so it isn’t possible to only use those chains one finds.
Grassi Blog: Is this your first time at Grassimesse?
Hiawatha Seiffert: It is the first time with my own stand, previously I was here as part of the collective college show.
Grassi Blog: First solo exhibition and first Grassiprize. Congratulations. What does the Sparkasse Leipzig Grassipreis mean to you?
Hiawatha Seiffert: It came as a surprise and I’m naturally delighted to have won. It’s also a confirmation that my work is good and for all that I am going in the correct direction.
More information on Hiawatha Seiffert and his work can be found at: www.hiawatha.at