Amberif Design Award 2017: a LAO student won the Amber Prize!

We are very honoured and proud to announce that Annelise Mercier, attending her first year at the jewellery making course here at LAO, won the AMBER PRIZE in the “Amberif Design Award International Amber Jewellery Design Competition”. The award is 1kg of amber and it has been sponsored by the International Amber Association. Annelise Mercier comes from France, she is 24 years old and now she lives in Florence to attend jewellery making course at LAO Jewellery School

“A direct honesty in the carving of the faces with a rough sculptural quality. The piece demonstrates an intuitive and sensitive handling of this special media.”

Furthermore 4 students from LAO received as special award the catalogue publication : Giulia Maestripieri, Zhang Hao, Maria Domenica Pittorru e Yuri Di Marcoberardino.

“AMBERIF is the world’s most important amber exhibition and the largest jewellery event in Central and Eastern Europe. Here business meets art, creative ideas are born, the latest trends and technologies in jewellery design are presented.
AMBERIF 2017 brings together more than 450 companies from 14 countries. The organisers expect close to 7,000 visitors from all over the world: mainly Poland, Russia, Germany, China, the UK, the USA, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Finland, France and Italy. AMBERIF’s highlight is the AMBER LOOK Trends & Styles 2017 Amber and Fashion Gala. ”
AMBERIF is a trade-only event, addressed to individuals and businesses who trade in jewellery, jewellery art and functional art.”

“The Amberif Design Award International Amber Jewellery Design Competition is one of the most important Polish design competitions, well known in the European community of artists with an unconventional approach to jewellery. This year, the ADA curator Barbara Schmidt from the Academy of Art and Design Munich suggested the subject of Periphery and asked the participants a question: How can we interpret amber within jewellery to represent our understanding of periphery and openness? ADA is an open competition, with participation from designers, artists, jewellery makers and art school students. Their artistic endeavours are evaluated by an international judging panel. The award-winning entries will be displayed at an after-competition exhibition at AMBERIF.”

Congratulation to Annelise and to the other students!