Born in Erfurt, former East Germany, Karola followed an intense artisic training in her home country. From 1994 to 1996 she studied Textile Design at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle, Germany and left the renowned College with pre-diploma to start an internship at a goldsmithing workshop in her hometown. From 1997 to 2002 she then returned to her former university to study Jewellery Art where she obtained a Diploma for Fine Art in 2002. From 2003 to 2004 she worked as a production goldsmith and gallery assistant at Juhls Silvergallery in Kautokeino, Norway. From 2004 to 2006 she followed an MA course at the Royal College of Art London and graduated with a Master of Arts from the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery Department.
“As a jewellery designer, I am interested to discover the different and sometimes contrasting aspects of a concept, idea or collection. Therefore, I avoid seeing myself as just a commercial or just an artistic designer working in only one formal language. My current and ongoing project of changeable/variable jewellery offers a huge playground. Giving the wearer the possibility to change the look of a jewellery piece is in some way handing over the last step in the design process. This is a challenge for both the designer and the wearer and it leads to a very personal relationship to design or art.”
After a decade of living, working and teaching in London, Karola returned to her home country and is now based in Luebeck, northern Germany.