Netsuke from Switzerland

Posted By on May 23, 2010

Cornel SchneiderThese netsuke (miniature sculptures) are carved by Cornel Schneider from Kleinlützel, Switzerland.

He was born in 1964 (the year of the Dragon). He began to cut netsuke late autumn 1995, immediately after a visit to an art show, where he saw the antique netsuke.
He said: “I remember that moment very well, I was struck by small miracles that I saw! Then I realized that netsuke can be the beginning of my independent creative life. The first designs were approximate to the Japanese style, until I realized that I was going on about my perception. I see myself in harmony with nature, but I know that I always lose …. Nature is perfect.
Now, I fully belongs to the world of netsuke, this is my main occupation other than raising children and further reconstruction of the old house where I live with my family.”

His most favorite material is boxwood , in addition, he also uses other varieties of wood, Amber, Tagua nut, acrylglas, mother of pearl and ivory.
More of his works can be seen on his website:

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3 Responses to “Netsuke from Switzerland”

  1. svetlana says:

    wow.. nice miniatures.. i love them.. specially the violin.. what an awesome creation!

  2. Melody Haislip says:

    Every time I think everything has already been done in a medium, I discover a site like yours, which shows me I know nothing. These are works of art and small miracles in their own way. I especially like the lizard on the old bamboo. Thanks for gathering so many lovely things together to share with us.

  3. nik reynolds says:

    People like yourself are talented beyond the realms of must peoples intellect they say theres a fine line between genius and insanity………..

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