Katharina Gaenssler studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich after she had completed an apprenticeship as a silversmith. She acquired a pre-eminent position reinforced by prestigious awards, such as the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a US travelling scolarship from the Bavarian Government or a working scholarship of the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn. She had a teaching grant at Brunswick University of Art and was Guest Professor at Hamburg Art Academy. Her work was shown in Germany and abroad, including Museum of Modern Art New York, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Folkwang Museum Essen; Sprengel Museum Hanover; Lenbachhaus Munich, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Her works are held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art New York, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Folkwang Museum Essen, Bavarian State Library, Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archéologie de Genève and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden amongst others. Her publications Ephemer and SIXTINA MMXII were awarded by Stiftung Buchkunst Frankfurt as Best German Book Design.