Silke Spitzer studied traditional jewelry making at the University of Applied Arts and Design in Pforzheim, Germany. She received a DAAD Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 2002, graduated with a MFA in Jewelry Design. Since then, she has worked as an independent artist in Berlin, where she teaches at Coop Gold, a small jewelry school she co-founded in 2011. The school offers instruction to the local community in traditional yet challenging and innovative techniques of jewelry making. Her work has been showcased in many international exhibitions in Europe, North America and Asia and received several awards: in 2015 the Justus Brinckmann price from Museum of arts and crafts in Hamburg.