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Naum Slutzky (28 February 1894 in Kiev, Ukraine/former Russia – 4 November 1965 in Stevenage/Hertfordshire) was a Goldsmith, Industrial designer and master craftsman of Weimarer 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. Thereafter he studied at Bauhaus in Weimar. At Bauhaus, Slutzky worked with Johannes Itten. He mainly designed jewellery and lamps, but also a few 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.



1928 to 1965

  • 1928 Hamburger Sezession, 8. Sezessionsausstellung
  • 1930 Hamburger Neue Sezession, Kunsthalle Hamburg
  • 1930 Deutscher Werkbund im Grand Palais, Paris
  • 1931 Hamburger Sezession, 10. Sezessionsausstellung
  • 1961 Goldsmith's Hall, London
  • 1961 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg: Schmuck aus Hamburger Zeit

from 1965

  • 1966 Musée des Artes Décoratives, Paris (Frankreich)
  • 1968 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart: 50 Jahre Bauhaus
  • 1983 Kunsthalle Hamburg: Schmuck von Naum Slutzky
  • 1986 Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin: Kunst im Exil
  • 1995 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg: Naum Slutzky - Ein Bauhauskünstler

Works in Museums

Literature and Sources

  • Rohde, Alfred: Hamburgische Werkkunst der Gegenwart. Broschek-Verlag Hamburg, 1927
  • Monika Rudolph: Naum Slutzky - Meister am Bauhaus, Goldschmied und Designer, Arnold'sche, Tübingen, 1990 ISBN 3-9255369-06-6
  • Rüdiger Joppien (ed.) Naum Slutzky - Ein Bauhauskünstler in Hamburg. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 1995
  • Klaus Weber (ed.), Die Metallwerkstatt am Bauhaus, Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin, 1992 ISBN 978-3-89181-405-5
  • Alan Powers, "Britain and The Bauhaus", in Apollo magazine, May 2006.


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