1982Lehner
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Felix Lehner - Founder and Managing Director

After an apprenticeship as a bookseller, Felix Lehner dedicated himself to his interests in sculptural art and the craft of casting. He established the Kunstgiesserei in Beinwil am See in 1983, and moved with two employees to St.Gallen in 1994. Since then, he has continued steadily develop the Kunstgiesserei and managing its operations. Felix Lehner is a co-founder of the Sitterwerk Foundation, established in 2006, which supports noncommercial activities connected with the creation of and research relating to artwork.

1987Bischof
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Samuel Bischof - Staff Member for Workshops and Safety Officer

Samuel was the first trainee at the Kunstgiesserei, in 1988. He does welding work within the framework of artistic projects and develops special technical solutions. He is an expert in dealing with all machines and systems in the fields of metalwork and electrical work to crane construction. In addition, he is also the safety officer at the Kunstgiesserei. He was a member of the board of directors of the Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen AG from 2006 to 2013.

1993Hunziker
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Fritz Hunziker

has supervised the bookkeeping of the Kunstgiesserei since 1993. He is responsible for the administrative and financial transactions of the business. As a specialist for transport and insurance questions, he contributes to ensuring that models and artworks reach their destination safely.

1999Kappenthuler
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Rita Kappenthuler - Operations Management

Rita has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since 1999. She was educated as a stonemason and trained as a civil engineering draftsperson. She is skilled in the production of silicon and plaster negatives as well as in all sculpting techniques, including casting as well as productions in wax and stone. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen AG since 2013 and part of the operations management with a focus on production management and capacity planning.

2000Furrer
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Lukas Furrer

has worked in the Kunstgiesserei since 2000 and also runs the Flury+Furrer architecture office in Zurich with a partner. As an architect, he is responsible for both the execution of exhibition structures as well as all conversion and new construction planning for the Kunstgiesserei, such as, for example, in the Art Library, the Studio House, and the Kesselhaus Josephsohn. He has also assisted the sculptor Hans Josephsohn for many years in his studio in Zurich.

2003Rinderknecht
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Marianne Rinderknecht - Staff Member in the Archive, Documentation

Marianne studied art in Basel. She has been working in the administration of the Kunstgiesserei since 2003. Her main responsibilities include the creation of documents connected with individual artworks, taking photos, and maintaining the company archive. In addition to her own exhibition activities, she is also active in numerous art- and cultural-policy projects.

2003Andermatt
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David Andermatt - Project Manager

After finishing his matura in August 2006, David then successfully completed his training as a casting technologist. He is active in all the areas of the Kunstgiesserei, both in St. Gallen and at our site in Shanghai. He has been supervising the quality management and the work processes of our partner foundry in Shanghai along with Christian Meier since 2010.

2003Jordi
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Urs Jordi

has been a member of our staff since completing his training as a stone sculptor in 2003. In addition to his own projects as a carpenter and sculptor, he works in the Kunstgiesserei above all in the area of metalworking, welding, and chasing. He develops sophisticated solutions for complex mechanical tasks, which result from experimentation, skill in craftsmanship, and broad specialized know-how. 

2004Cattozzo
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Tamara Cattozzo - Staff Member in the Milling Workshop

Tamara has been at the Kunstgiesserei since 2004. From her work as a builder of architectural models, she brings in detailed knowledge of synthetic materials and model building materials. She is responsible for silicon moldings and also does model building in the team at our milling center.

2005Schütz
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Sabina Schütz

has worked in the Kunstgiesserei since 2005. She works on negative forms and wax models and is our specialist for the coloring of objects. As a trained graphic designer, she is responsible for designing packaging, labeling, manuals, etc.

2005Jäckli
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Till Jäckli - Operations Management

After completing his matura, Till went on to complete training as a casting technologist and art caster. He worked for some years as a project manager, also at our site in Shanghai. He is today a member of the operations management with a focus on calculations and tender processes.

2006Koch
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Michael Koch - Staff Member in the Workshop II

is a trained stone sculptor. After attending the school for master craftsmen, he has worked in the foundry since the beginning of 2006. His field of work encompasses metalwork and chasing as a focus. His skilled handling of materials makes him an outstanding modeler. As part of the team that manages the workshop, he contributes to ensuring that the work process runs smoothly and supervises numerous projects simultaneously.

2006Dünner
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Damian Dünner

completed training as a carpenter and has worked in the most varied of areas within the foundry operations since 2006. He is a specialist for sophisticated packaging tasks and also works on diverse projects with synthetic materials and wood with great skill in craftsmanship.

2007Meier
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Christian Meier - Project Manager Shanghai

Christian has been managing our foundry in Shanghai since November 2007 and oversees activities on site. He is himself a visual artist, has been living in China since 2006, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Christian divides his time between the foundry and his studio.

2007Meier
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Emil Meier

first assisted for half a year in the cataloging of the Art Library in the Sitterwerk during his civil service in the winter of 2007. The educated sign writer has since then been active as a permanent employee of the Kunstgiesserei above all in the production of wax models. In this area, he has developed specific specialist knowledge, and advises the most varied of projects as a wax specialist.

2007Badertscher
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Gabriel Badertscher - Project Manager

Gabriel is a trained stonemason with the Matura, and has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since 2007. After many years of experience in metalwork and chasing, he has been a production manager since 2013. He is responsible for the planning, execution, and supervision of the casting of works.

2008Büchel
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Tim Büchel

studied architecture in Vienna. He has been responsible for the realization of the conversions in the Kunstgiesserei since the end of 2007. He is also active in the areas of mold building and cement casting.

2008Ukaj
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Antoneta Ukaj

is a registered nurse and has been responsible for all housekeeping and home economics in the Kunstgiesserei and the operations of the Sitterwerk since 2008.

2008Supersaxo
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Urs Supersaxo - Staff Member in Workshop 2

Urs is a trained stone sculptor. He came to the Kunstgiesserei in 2008, following several years of independent work. He is jointly responsible for the planning and realization of non-metal castings and sculptures as well as for the installation of works.

2008Friedland
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Annett Friedland - Staff Member for Wax

Annett is a trained stonemason and stone sculptor. She came to the Kunstgiesserei in 2008, following her training, and is mainly responsible for wax models as well as for revising PMMA models.

2009Tamás
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István Tamás - Chaser

István is a trained machinist and worked in an art foundry in the city of Pécs in Hungary for many years. He has been the specialist for metal and chasing work in the Kunstgiesserei since 2009. 

2009Liechti
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Alex Liechti

completed training as a stone sculptor and has worked in the chasing area since 2009.  

2010Wiesner
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Michael Wiesner - Foreman of the Casting Bay

Michael is a trained electrician and completed his study of sculpture in Antwerp (BE). He has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since 2010 and manages the casting bay.

2010Gruber
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Sascha Gruber - Art Caster

Sascha is a trained casting molder. Following his apprenticeship, he worked at an industrial foundry. He has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since March 2010.

2010Loch
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Katrin Loch - Operations Management

Katrin studied foreign languages and culture management in Münster (D) and afterward worked as a dairymaid on an Alp in Graubünden. She has been responsible for project administration at the Kunstgiesserei since 2010 and is responsible for tasks in the fields of coordination and communication.

2010Osterwalder
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Brenda Osterwalder - Staff Member in the Image Archive and Office Administration

Brenda completed the graphics master class in St. Gallen and then studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb). She has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since 2010, first in the administration, today, first and foremost in the company's image archive. Her work comprises photographic documentation as well as managing photos produced at the Kunstgiesserei.

2010Sowinski
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Pawel Sowinski - Casting Technologist

Pawel studied metallurgy in Poland and worked as an art caster there. Since the end of 2010, he has been working at the Kunstgiesserei as a caster and constructing wax models and molds.

2011Obrecht
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Sibylle Obrecht

trained as a stone sculptor and has worked with us in the Kunstgiesserei since the beginning of 2011. Her fields of work include above all wax model making and metalworking.

2011Dintheer
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Freddy Dintheer - Carpenter

received training as a caster, in animal keeping, and finally as a carpenter. Since 2011, he has been responsible for woodwork and packaging at the Kunstgiesserei.

2012Rüeger
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Andrea Rüeger - Foreman model building

Andrea is a trained poly-mechanic. He has been part of the team in the milling center since 2011 and is responsible for our 3D printer.

2012Luchsinger
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Barbara Luchsinger - Staff Member for Wax

Barbara is a trained stone sculptor and has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since the end of 2011. She is mainly responsible for wax models.

2012Gschwend
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Martin Gschwend

is a trained machine mechanic and has worked at the Kunstgiesserei since 2012. His main work is building wax models.

2012Pauli
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Laila Pauli

successfully finished her training in Berlin as an art caster in 2011. Prior to that, she attended the preparatory course at the Kunstgewerbeschule St. Gallen and worked, among other things, as an auto mechanic. She has been an integral member of the casting team of the Kunstgiesserei since 2012.

2012Rutishauser
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Mathias Rutishauser

is a trained cabinetmaker. He completed a Berufsmatura (apprenticeship and matura) in design in St. Gallen and has begun studying art mediation at the Hochschule für Design & Kunst in Lucerne. Since the summer of 2013, his work has included cabinetmaking tasks as well as being part of the team in the wax workshop, while working on his own design works in his free time.

2012von Bartheld
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Peter von Bartheld

completed his studies of restoration/conservation in the Netherlands and at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern. He also designs sets for dance performance pieces. Part of the team since the beginning of 2013, he is our specialist for bronze casting restorations, old patinas, and questions relating to the conservation of art objects. 

2012Keller
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Nadin Keller - Staff Member in Workshop 2, Painter

Nadine is a trained painter and color designer and completed a preparatory design course. After many years of experience as a painter, she has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since 2012, predominantly as a specialist in the processing of paints and synthetic materials.

2013Krcek
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Marc Krcek - Project Manager

Marc trained to be a SFX (special effects) make-up artist at the WDR television station in Cologne. Following diverse engagements in TV, film, and theater productions, he has been working at the Kunstgiesserei since April 2013. He is responsible for the production of non-metallic works and the creation of silicon-plaster negatives.

2013Rühle
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Karl Rühle

learned the carpentry trade. Following four years traveling around the world as a journeyman, he studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and completed his master at the ETH Zurich. After working as an assistant to Professor Tom Emerson, he found his way to us in the Kunstgiesserei. Since the fall of 2013, he has been responsible for projects and is working at our subsidiary in Shanghai from time to time.

1970Lämmler
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Valentin Lämmler - Casting Molder

After training as a casting molder (lost mold) at an industrial foundry, he worked in forming technology prior to coming to the Kunstgiesserei in 2016. His responsibilities include molding, casting, and melting.

1970Fahr-Rühland
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Nina Fahr-Rühland - Assistant to the Managing Director

Nina studied literature, art and media theory in Konstanz (D) and completed further training in art and culture management as well as business communication. During her studies, she worked for an art and automobile museum. She has been working at the Kunstgiesserei as assistant to the managing director since 2016.

1970Balzarek
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Manuel Balzarek - Staff Member in the Milling Workshop

Manuel remained at the Sitterwerk Foundation in the Sittertal after his civil service with successfully completed training as a poly-mechanic, and has been working in the milling hall of the Kunstgiesserei since August 2016. His responsibilities include dealing with all pending milling work as well as providing support for 3D printing.

1970Stöger
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David Stöger - Foreman of the 3D Studio Workshop

David studied art history and architecture in Vienna, Berlin, and London. He has been supporting our 3D studio since 2015. In the case of complex projects, he accompanies the process from the planning side and sees to questions relating to construction, and/or structure.

1970Keller
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Susanne Keller - Head of the Kitchen and Catering

Susanne is a trained cook as well as a specialist in employment agogics, and has been responsible for the physical wellbeing of our employees and guests since May 2014. In collaboration with the Sitterwerk Foundation, she is also responsible for the catering for all Sitterwerk and Kunstgiesserei events.

1970
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Caroline Habazin - Staff Member Office, Administration

Caroline is a trained bookseller and has already been wokring for the Administration of the Kunstgiesserei from 1999 - 2003. After ten years as a bookseller, she returned to her old job at the Kunstgiesserei in May, 2013. Since then she has been responsible for all office tasks as well as the telephone exchange.

1970Scardina
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Salvatore Scardina - Head of Finances and Administration

Following many years of work as a director of finance and accounting / IT at Same Deutz-Fahr Schweiz AG, Schwarzenbach SG, and Toshiba Europe GmbH, Volketswil ZH, Salvatore has been the head of finance and administration at the Kunstgiesserei since March 2016.