vita

1958 Born in Hamberg/GERMANY As a woodturner autodidact
1977 - 78 
First woodwork and exhibitions in South Germany
1979 - 84
Extensive travel through North America, South East Asia and Australia
1982 - 83
Arts and Crafts market Surfers Paradies and Kuranda, North Queensland/AUSTRALIA
1983 - 84
Disciple of Robert Highland, North Queensland: Since then free working with wood
1986
Return to Germany, setting up the first workshop/studio in Münsterland
1986 - 87
Artist in residence at Kunsthandwerkerhaus, Osnabrück
1988 - 92
Various Exhibitions in Germany
1992  
Moving to Friesland, North Germany
1995 - 97
"Spinning top show" with different german woodturners at Ligna, Hannover and the Kunst- und Handwerksform, Hannover
1999
Ligna, Hannover
1999 - 01
Koppel 66, Hamburg
2002 - 05
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
2003
Grassimuseum, Leipzig
2006
Cooperation with "Zeit"-Shop, manufacturing handcrafted stamphandles
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
2008 - 09
Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart
2011
"Einfach Spitze!" Exhibition at Kunst- und Handwerksform, Hannover
"Hochdosiert" Competition and Exhibition, Handwerksmuseum Deggendorf
2012 Eunique, Karlsruhe
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
"The Art of Leadership... Simplify" Designing and manufacturing a special model of spinning tops for the 20th anniversary of AIRbusiness-Academy in France
2013
"Klein ist fein", Exhibition Craft2eu, Ladengalerie für europäisches Kunsthandwerk
"Künstlerisches Spielzeug", Exhibition Handwerksmuseum Deggendorf
"Design Shanghai 2013" Exhibition Powerstation of Art, Shanghai/CHINA

Awards

2000
Encouragement Award from Koppel 66, Hamburg
2002
Award for the best unique specimen, chamber of handicrafts, Hamburg
2013
Form 2013 on Tendence, Frankfurt

Public purchases

2001
Universum Science Center, Bremen
2006
Grassimuseum, Leipzig
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
2014
Powerstation of Art, Shanghai/CHINA

What the press says

2001
"Der Kreiselmacher aus Jever" Radio Interview, NDR 1 Radio Niedersachsen
"Hallo Niedersachsen" TV Interview, NDR
2005
"Der Kreiselmacher" Radio Interview, Radio Jade
2007
"Armin Kolb - Kreisel", Kunsthandwerk & Design Magazine, Issue November/Dezember 2007
2012
"Artifacts of Enchantment", American Woodturner, Issue August 2012
2012
"Kreiselmacher Armin Kolb", Drechsler Magazin, Issue Autumn 2012
2013
"Armin and peg-top", Art world Magazine China, Issue 275, June 2013
2014
"Kein Kinderspiel", AD Architectural Digest Germany, August 2014