Commission List

CORPORATIONS

MCWILLIAM'S WINES PTY LTD.

Maurice O'Shea Award since 1990 - major wine industry award to present

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS & BRW

Australia's Most Admired Companies awards - annual presentation for several years

KPMG

Corporate gifts (300 handmade puzzles for corporate conference)

JOHNSON & JOHNSON RESEARCH 

Wall sculpture (featuring DNA double helix 1.4 meters in length)

GOOD YEAR TYRE & RUBBER

Highway Heroes Awards (sculptural object) - annual presentation for several years

EPS PRESS PTY LTD & CIVIL CONTRACTORS FEDERATION

Earth awards: annual presentation for 20 years

COAL & ALLIED INDUSTRY LTD

Corporate gifts, jewellery items, sculptures, gemstones, office items for several years

GRAND PRIX SAILING

Trophies for 18' skiff races

CCH AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Jewellery, gifts, awards, sculptures

FREEDOM FURNITURE 

Gifts and Trophies 

SHOW AND TELL SPECIAL EVENTS

Paperweights for launch of Avalon car for Toyota 

MANNATECH AUSTRALIA 

Jewellery items: All Star Presidential Rings, Pendants - annual presentations for several years

THE ENRICH CORPORATION 

Sculptural gift 

STEPHEN DIBB JEWELLERS

Jewellers Association of Australia awards 

LIFEBOAT CONSULTING P/L 

Australian Woman of the Year awards & Jewellery items 

PETER BOYCE

London to Sydney Vintage Car Endurance Trials trophies 

MM ELECTRICAL 

Sculptural trophy 

CARLSON MARKETING GROUP 

Corporate gifts and Jewellery Items 

SMARTWORX STUDIOS

Jewellery 

THE CAPITAL GROUP FOR ITSA 

Several awards for the Institute for Trades Skills Excellence 

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 

Jewellery 

EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED 

Lapel Pins for several years

EPSON AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED

Presentation Gift

 

GOVERNMENT

FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA 

Five ceremonial Oar Maces produced in sterling silver and other materials

NSW STATE GOVERNMENT

Sculptural gift to Chinese Government

WORKCOVER NSW

Backwatch Innovation Awards (3 year programme) 

STATE MINERALS ADV. COUNCIL NSW

Environmental Excellence Awards 

MINISTER TRANS./ROADS, TRANSFIELD BOUYGES

Sculptural gift to NSW Minister of Transport

A.B.A.R.E. (FEDERAL GOVT.)

Several awards

THE NSW BICENTENIAL COMMITTEE

Access Australia Awards

TOURISM AUSTRALIA NEW YORK

Certified Aussie Specialist Opal Awards since 1994 - annual presentation to 2011

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND OF NSW

Certificate Holder presented to Bob Carr (Premier NSW)

AUSTRALIAN TOURIST COMMISSION LOS ANGELES

Certified Aussie Specialist Opal Awards over several years

 

EDUCATION & SPORT

THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY 

Processional and Ceremonial Staff used for official occasions – Inauguration of the University 

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY

Baton presented by the Vice Chancellor to UTS & University Crest Signet rings for students

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY 

Silo trophy commissioned by Department of Agriculture, Sydney University 

ST. SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE 

several hundred sterling silver brooch/pendants for celebration 2001, commission continues to current

ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA COLLEGE

50 sterling silver brooches for 125 year celebration since inception

BRAND VISION & DAIRY FARMERS

Golden Football Trophy for The Footy Show & Channel 9

NORTH NARRABEEN SURF CLUB

Rower of the Year trophy

ST PAUL'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL PENRITH

300 lapel studs & pendants - 20th anniversary celebration

DIGICEL (PAPUA NEW GUINEA) LTD

Digicel Cup Bigger Better League (3 trophies)

TOP EDUCATION INSTITUTE (UNIVERSITY)

Ceremonial Mace

 

ASSOCIATIONS

THE LAW SOCIETY OF NSW 

Golden Quill Awards 

AUST. WATER/WASTEWATER ASSOCIATION 

Jewellery items for Past Presidents and Life Members 

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND OF NSW 

Certificate Holder presented to Bob Carr (Premier NSW) 

JEWELLERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA 

13 gold plated and silver plated awards 

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Sculptural gift to the British Dental Association

COLORECTAL SURGICAL ASS. OF AUST & R.A.C.S

Gavel & Base for presentation to their American affiliate

NORTH NARRABEEN SURF CLUB

Rower of the Year trophy

LAPIDARY CLUB OF NSW

Award

INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Medallion and timber box frame with magnetic closure

THE GREAT FAMINE MEMORIAL APPEAL

Sculptural gift for President Mary McAleese of Ireland 2003

DE LA SALLE BROTHERS

Crucifix sculpture & matching candlesticks

CIVIL CONTRACTORS FEDERATION (see EPS Press above)

Case Earth Awards - Annual presentation since 1993 for 20 years.

COLLIE CLUB OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Restoration of existing trophy

 

COUNCILS

CEREMONIAL KEYS TO THE CITY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNCILS:

City of Sydney 
Wollongong City Council 
Penrith City Council 
City of Botany Bay 
City of Hurstville 
Randwick City Council 
Kogarah Council 
Council of the City of Orange 
Council of the City of Shoalhaven 
Bankstown City Council 
Cassowary Coast Regional Council 
City of Canada Bay Council

 

CITY OF SYDNEY

Ceremonial Keys to the City made since 1998 to the present

100 pairs of sterling silver Cufflinks - 2012 

Gift to Sophia Loren - 2007

650 lapel pins (miniature Keys to the City) for Australian Olympians & Paralympians - Olympics 2000

 

TAMWORTH REGIONAL COUNCIL

New Mayoral Chain 2015

 

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL

Liverpool City Cup - annual presentation for 5 years



RESTORATION OF MAYORAL CHAINS

City of Canada Bay Council

 

OTHER

CHARITIES

SPASTIC CENTRE OF NSW 

 1000 McLeod Wheel of Friends lapel pins & promotional item

CANCER INSTITUTE NSW

 Premier's Award - inaugural presentation 2006 thereafter annual

WESLEY MISSION 

 7 Spirit of Mission Trophies - 2007


ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

GOLDEN GUMLEAF ENT./TENTERFIELD SADDLIER 

 Bush Laureate awards Tamworth - Annual Presentation for several years

TRINBAY (PETER PAN THEATRICAL PRODUCTION) 

 Telescope & Loudspeaker for theatrical production

KEY AUSTRALIAN FILM DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS

 Kenneth George Hall sculptural award


INTERNATIONAL

ARTISTIC AUSTRALIA, JAPAN (sponsored by Austrade) 

 Jewellery displayed in Japan 

ARTISTIC AUSTRALIA, KOREA (sponsored by Austrade)

 Jewellery displayed in Korea


OTHER 

STARSIGN GIFTS 

 Jewellery

Testimonials

  • Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Brian Stanwell

  • Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Brian Levy

  • What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    Lila Cohen

  • I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    Tyrus Shay

  • Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Maia Eliott

  • On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award. The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce.

    On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award. The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce.

    Warren Grau

  • Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Dan Stafford

  • Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ulla

  • I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    Catherine Grisard

  • It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    George R.

  • Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Anneke Mackay - Smith

  • Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Raimonde Maine

  • Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Anna Yeung

  • Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Michelle Clark

  • Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Professor Christopher N Candlin

  • I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    Judy Muir

  • I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    M.E.J. Black, Chief Justice

  • I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    Dr.Barrie Egerton, PhD., CPhys., MInstP.

  • I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    Matthew Morin

  • I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    Jody Shipway

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    Lyn S

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