Naum Slutzky

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Naum Slutzky (28 February 1894 in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) – 4 November 1965 in Stevenage, England) was a goldsmith, industrial designer and master craftsman of the Bauhaus. In the art history literature his first name is sometimes spelled as Nahum or Nawn.

Steel coffee pot by Naum Slutzky (Bauhaus)


Slutzky studied to become a goldsmith at Wiener Werkstätte (for Josef Hoffmann and Edward Wimmer among others) in Vienna. From 1919 he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar, working with Johannes Itten. He mainly designed jewellery and lamps, but also teapots and coffee pots (there is a silver teapot in the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum London, and a coffee pot in Nationalmuseum/National Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm). In 1924 he left Bauhaus to become an independent designer.


In 1933, when the Bauhaus school was closed by the Nazis, Slutzky fled to England where he initially found work at Dartington, then mainly worked as a design teacher, at Central College of Arts and Crafts, at Royal College of Art, in London, and at College of Arts and Crafts, in Birmingham. In Birmingham, he worked closely with the local firm Best & Lloyd. Slutzky taught Three-Dimensional Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent 1963-1965.


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