birgit thalau gets inspired by subjects which are related to the realities of today. they involve topics of concern that are rooted in society and touch us as humans. her works gain structure and shape through a particular treatment and attention, a manual process, or a random gesture she determined outside the workshop, a ”craft behaviour”, as well as the language of material used. on the one hand, she is fascinated by matters with a past: remnants or forgotten stuff, fragments and other miserable, abstract bits. Then, she also explores banal, characterless, so far untouched substances as, to her, they are suggestion a potentiel of holding marvels waiting to be discovered. the resulting pieces contain new and existing jewellery qualities and underpin questions about values.