FJW 2022 report

A few days ago we saw the end of the very successful fourth edition of Florence Jewellery Week, the Florentine week entirely dedicated to the world of jewellery, which this year has had a special endorsement by the actress Serra Yilmaz, a great fan and collector of contemporary jewellery, who, with her own personalized interpretations, wore some of the works by the leading artists in the exhibitions.
From 28th April to 2nd May, Florence was the European jewellery capital, with a full calendar of events including exhibitions, conferences, workshops and live demonstrations – with craftspeople, designers, scholars and researchers in the fields of design and the visual arts – which helped people understand how the horizons of contemporary jewellery are expanding and being redefined from a holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective.
Curated by Giò Carbone and Alice Rendon, this fourth Florence Jewellery Week concentrated particularly on the interaction between artistic research, crafts, new technologies and recyling in the vast field of body decoration. There were numerous exhibitions held in different parts of the city, with both internationally-established and promising younger artists, artisan goldsmiths who exhibited and offered their creations to the public in the Scuderie di Palazzo Corsini, and students and teachers from the LAO school who put on live demonstrations at the Polveriera della Fortezza da Basso on the occasion of MIDA. Eight of the most elegant hotels in the city used their halls and drawing-rooms to show some pieces from the main exhibitions, in a new itinerary of Five-Star Jewellery. All this and much more at the contemporary jewellery week, which started in 2015 and is  the leader of all Italian jewellery weeks and one of the best in Europe
 
 
FJW, held every 2 years, is a project conceived, co-ordinated and supported by the prestigious Florentine school Le Arti Orafe. Founded in 1985 by Giò Carbone, LAO has always promoted the culture of jewellery in its most complete expression, with events, exhibitions, meetings on themes linked to the world of goldsmithery creation, craftsmanship, design and artistic research. As early as 2000 the school had opened a gallery dedicated to jewellery, and 2005 saw the first PREZIOSA Contemporary Jewellery exhibition, the first large and unique annual event dedicated to the diffusion and promotion of contemporary jewellery.
 
Florence 10 May 2022_
By now, FJW is an unmissable cultural event, an all-round meeting of the complex world of goldsmithery creation from contemporary artistic exploration to design, but with an eye and particular attention focused on goldsmithery craftsmanship.
The works by the artists in PREZIOSA, the cornerstone event, (Jayne Wallace, Kazumi Nagano, Conversation Piece, Ana Rajcevic, Barbara Paganin, Rein Vollenga, Sam Tho Duong, Lauren Kalman, Anya Kivarkis) gave expression to the key themes on which the concept was based, later  discussed during the two days dedicated to the conferences.
The PREZIOSA YOUNG exhibition, featuring the winners of the eponymous competition organized by LAO for up-and-coming figures in contemporary jewellery, had Florence as the first call on its tour, hosted by the elegant Palazzo Coveri Gallery. The exhibition, with works by the Chinese Xinia Guan and Zhipeng Wang, the Dane Anne Lahn Hornbæk Hansen, the Thai Pilynn Siriphanich and the Belgian Charlotte Vanhoubroeck, will continue its journey with stops in Holland at the Galerie Door,  in Barcelona at the Hannah Gallery of KLIMT02, and following that in Padova, in collaboration with the municipality there.
Charlotte Vanhoubroeck, one of the artists selected, won the special prize in the PREZIOSA YOUNG competition: a three-month artistic residency as guest of LAO, during which she will create a new collection of jewellery and hold a seminar for the students at the school.
New to this year’s event was PREZIOSA MAKERS,  a project originating from a collaboration between LAO and ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO, a shop window for craftspeople and designers selected by an expert panel who enjoyed the opportunity to show and sell their collections during the days of the event, and the “ITINERARIO DEL GIOIELLO A 5 STELLE”, in which eight of the best hotels in the city (Dimora Palanca, Lungarno, Regency, Savoy, The Place, The Westin Excelsior, Villa Cora and Ville sull’Arno) offered their halls and drawing-rooms to show some pieces by artists from the main exhibitions in FJW.
Thanks to a collaboration with Firenze Fiera, LAO took part in MIDA, the International Exhibition of Craftsmanship. The school set up the whole Polveriera pavilion as a large atelier/workshop, in which the public could watch demonstrations of bench and design work provided by LAO students and teachers, and get to know the training opportunities offered by the school closer up. On show were objects produced by students in various specializations, from goldsmithery courses to CAD, engraving, stone-setting and enamels.
Talking of the LAO training activities and the wide range of collaborations involved, we should mention the very special one with The Place Firenze: the birth of the first project supported by TPOW – The Place of Wonders, to award three study grants to students resident in Tuscany.  The details can be found on the school’s site, www.artiorafe.it.
 
One of the things which most enhance and characterize FJW are the days dedicated to the conferences and debates. The cycle of lectures was opened  by Barbara Schmidt, with her studies of what we mean and expect, etymologically, by the word “jewellery”.  The historical preconceptions and prejudices more generally relating to the “decorative” world were addressed by Lauren Kalman.  Speaking of present and future scenarios, there was a discussion on the post-human and its influence on the poetics of contemporary art (Ana Rajcevic, Federica Fontana).
Jayne Wallace, Nantia Koulidou, Annamaria Zanella & Renzo Pasquale addressed the lyrical and connective prospects encouraged by new technologies.
The relationship between jewellery and devices, and the “materiality” of the digital, but also sustainability in the critical reconsideration of extraction methods in the mining field, were discussed by the artistic duo Conversation Piece.
Another theme was that of the “representation” of jewellery as a gesture of awareness and documentation (Anya Kivarkis) in a contemporary culture based on image, while Maria Laura La Mantia talked to us about the consequences of social distancing and web-based communication in the Art sector during the time of the pandemic.
The university lecturer Roberta Bernabei introduced a still little-recognized study praxis in Italy, through the analysis of the work of some British university students exhibited in the LAO bookshop.
The presentation by Paola Stroppiana was an opportunity to revisit the essential contribution of the pioneers of artistic jewellery through the loan of the Bollmann Collection, displayed in the “Carlo Azeglio Ciampi” rooms  of Palazzo del Pegaso, the seat of the Tuscan Regional Council, together with the famous busby entirely interwoven with gold by the master goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja.
The programme of talks concluded with the presentation of the SEGNI SUL VOLTO project, devised and hosted by Carla Riccoboni and co-ordinated by Alice Rendon, the results of which were on display at the Istituto dei Bardi in Piazza Santo Spirito. An opportunity to reflect yet again on the importance of ornamentation to identity, thanks to the participation of the speakers Alessandra Menegotto, Roberta Bernabei, Francesco Bravin, Maria Laura La Mantia and Chiara Scarpitti, who discussed the results of the work by the participants in the project: Annarita Bianco, Claudia Zanella, Gisella Ciullo, Giulia Morellini, Bai Tongqiang, Letizia Maggio, Cristian Visentin, Simona Materi, Micol Ferrara, Silvia Sandini and Barbara Uderzo.
Organized by Confartigianato Firenze, “Firenze artigiana insolita” laid out an itinerary of visits to some local examples of high-level craftsmanship through the streets of the city, such as Dini Caffè srl, Moleria Locchi srl, Julia Market, Pestelli Creazioni, Le pietre nell’Arte di Scalpelli Renzo e C. snc, Penko Bottega Orafa and Hotel Medici.
 
 
 
Promoting bodies
LAO – Le Arti Orafe, Consiglio Regionale della Toscana, CNA Firenze Metropolitana, Firenze Fiera, ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO
Patrons
Ministero della Cultura, Regione Toscana, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Comune di Firenze, Fondazione CR Firenze, Camera di Commercio di Firenze, Ganjam Nagappa & Son, Bangalore, India. Die Neue Sammlung, The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
Partners
Dimora Palanca, Hotel Lungarno, Hotel Regency Firenze, Hotel Savoy, The Place Firenze, The Westin Excelsior, Hotel Villa Cora, Hotel Ville sull’Arno, Galleria del Palazzo, Inorgenta Fair Munich, Monaco di Baviera, Confartigianato Firenze, OMA, Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte, Firenze, Fondazione Artigianelli, Associazione per Boboli, Istituto De’ Bardi, Firenze, Cullai Design. Wuhan, Cina, MODA Shanghai (Cina)
Media Partners
PREZIOSA Magazine Italia, KLIMT02 Barcellona, GZ – Goldschmiede Zeitung, EXIBART, Celebre Magazine World, Monaco Woman Magazine, Rinascimento Magazine, Journal des Bijoux, Lost in Jewellery Magazine, Firenze Spettacolo, FUL Firenze Urban Lifestyle, EuropeanLife Media, TA-DAAN
 
 
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Annelise Mercier, 24, French, student of the first year of jewellery making at Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, was awarded the Amber prize at the “Amberif Design Award International Amber Jewellery Design Competition”.
The jury’s reasons for assigning the prize to the Arti Orafe’s student: “the piece shows sensitivity and intuition in the crafting of this special material”.
This is an important recognition to Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School as well, which has gained within the Amberif Design Award aknowledgements of four more of its students through the publication of their works in the contest’s catalogue. These are: Giulia Maestripieri, Zhang Hao, Maria Domenica Pittorru e Yuri Di Marcoberardino.
Back from Amberif 2017, the most important exhibition on amber and the biggest jewellery event in Central Europe with more than 450 companies and 7.000 visitors, Annelise tells us her emotions on this significant experience.

Corsi Flash

Sono corsi brevissimi, da 1 a 5 giorni di durata. I contenuti sono di natura tecnico/pratica e prevedono una fase di dimostrazione da parte dell’istruttore e una fase di esercitazione degli studenti. Tutti i corsi flash sono impartiti da docenti e istruttori di LAO.

Corsi Flash di CAD. Docente: Jasmina Carbone
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Introduzione a Rhino3D per l’oreficeria.
Corso online.
CAD.WE116 ore 8 lezioniIl corso inizierà al raggiungimento di 5 partecipanti€ 400Iscriviti
Introduzione a Rhino3D per l’oreficeria.
Corso serale o diurno
CAD.SE116 ore 8 lezioniIl corso inizierà al raggiungimento di 5 partecipanti€ 400Iscriviti
Corsi Flash di ZBrush. Docente Anna Lia Cimini
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Modellazione 3d con ZBrushZBR.WE24 ore 6 giorni
3,4,10,11,17,18 maggio15 aprile€ 800Conoscenza di base di oreficeria o design del gioiello; uso del PC
Iscriviti
Corsi Flash di DISEGNO DEL GIOIELLO. Docente Sofia Garuti* - Giulio Vinci
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Schizzi e rendering a pennaRE.215 ore 5 giorni1 - 5 luglio15 giugno€ 400Iscriviti
Rendering a manoRE.315 ore 5 giorni8 - 12 luglio15 giugno€ 400Iscriviti
Rendering digitaleRE.415 ore 5 giorni15 - 19 luglio15 giugno€ 400Iscriviti
Colorazione del diamante*RE.112 ore 3 giorniIl corso inizierà al raggiungimento di 5 partecipanti€ 300Iscriviti
Corsi Flash di INCASSATURA. Istruttore Francesco Pinzauti
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Incassatura su griffe (Solitario o trilogy)INPR1.F12 ore 2 giorni16 e 17 settembre31 agosto€ 300Iscriviti
Incassatura su castoniINBS.F12 ore 2 giorni18 e 19 settembre31 agosto€ 300Iscriviti
Incassatura a sguscioINSG.F8 ore 1 giorno20 settembre31 agosto€ 200Conoscenze base delle tecniche di incassaturaIscriviti
Incassatura binarioINBI.F8 ore 1 giorno23 settembre31 agosto€ 200Conoscenze base delle tecniche di incassaturaIscriviti
Incassatura sgriffatoINSGR.F8 ore 1 giorno24 settembre31 agosto€ 200Conoscenze base delle tecniche di incassaturaIscriviti
Corsi Flash di INCISIONE SU GIOIELLO. Istruttori Victoria Efremova*/Filippo Vinattieri
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Introduzione all’incisione sul gioielloENJF.112 ore 2 giorni18 e 19 settembre31 agosto€ 300Iscriviti
Fondo, granito e seta sul gioielloENJF.28 ore 1 giorno20 settembre31 agosto€ 200ENJF.1 o equivalenteIscriviti
Scrittura corsiva su metallo*ENJF.318 ore 3 giorni23, 24 e 25 settembre31 agosto€ 450ENJF.1 o equivalenteIscriviti
Segnatura*EN.112 ore 2 giorniIl corso inizierà al raggiungimento di 5 partecipanti€ 300Iscriviti
Texture Incisa*EN.224 ore 4 giorniIl corso inizierà al raggiungimento di 5 partecipanti€ 600Iscriviti
Corsi Flash di SMALTI. Istruttore Barbara Minor*/Jennifer Wells**/Sachiko Chino
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Iscrizione
Smalti trasparenti con pellicole smaltate argento e oro su rame*SMAF.18 ore 2 giorni9-10 maggio20 aprile€ 400Iscriviti
Smalto liquido**SMAF.218 ore 3 giorni9,10 e 11 settembre31 luglio€ 600Iscriviti
Smalti a fuoco
Smalto a umido, smalto a secco, Champlevè
SMA.WE8 ore 2 giorni19 e 20 settembre31 agosto€ 250Iscriviti
Corsi Flash di INFILATURA DELLE PERLE. Docente Maria Laura La Mantia
Titolo/ContenutiCodiceDurataDateData limite per l’iscrizioneRetta (IVA incl.)Requisiti di ammissioneIscrizione
Infilatura delle perlePEARL16 ore 2 giorni9-10 settembre15 agosto€ 500Iscriviti
Note Corsi FLASH***

CAD.WE1 Introduzione a Rhino3D per l’oreficeria. Corso Online

Creazione di anelli e ciondoli dalle forme non complesse attraverso l’uso dei seguenti comandi: creazione di curve e loro  modifiche, sposta, ruota, scala, copia, suddividi, sweep a 1 binario, punti di controllo. 

CAD.SE1 Introduzione a Rhino3D per l’oreficeria. Corso serale o diurno. 

Creazione di anelli e ciondoli dalle forme non complesse attraverso l’uso dei seguenti comandi: creazione di curve e loro  modifiche, sposta, ruota, scala, copia, suddividi, sweep a 1 binario, punti di controllo. 

ZBR.WE Modellazione 3D con ZBrush 

Primo approccio alla modellazione scultorea tramite ZBrush, programma di grafica computerizzata che combina modellazione,  texturizzazione e painting in 3D e 2,5D. ZBrush usa una tecnologia che immagazzina informazioni su illuminazione, colore, materia le e intensità di tutti gli oggetti visualizzati. In questo corso introduttivo aperto a tutti lo studente sarà guidato alla realizzazione di un  modulo con cui costruirà un anello ed un bracciale. 

RE.1 Colorazione del diamante  

Colorazione con l’acquerello di diamanti taglio brillante.  

RE.2 Schizzi e rendering a penna 

L’obiettivo del workshop è di dare allo studente gli strumenti per realizzare disegni di gioielli monocromatici attraverso  tecniche veloci di chiaroscuro che diano un impatto visivo immediato. 

Vengono applicate le tecniche di rappresentazione veloci con l’uso delle penne ad inchiostro. Partendo dalle diverse tecniche di rap presentazione di superfici piane, curve, cilindriche e coniche si passa al disegno di gioielli con pietre preziose faccettate, pavé, perle  ed altri materiali. 

RE.3 Rendering con pennarelli e matite acquerellabili  

L’obiettivo del workshop è di fornire allo studente gli strumenti per realizzare dei rendering di gioielli attraverso l’utilizzo di tecniche di  rappresentazione veloci ma di forte impatto visivo. Vengono utilizzate le tecniche di rappresentazione con l’uso di pennarelli ad al cool e ad acqua e delle matite acquerellabili. Partendo dalle diverse tecniche di rappresentazione delle superfici piane, curve, cilindri che e coniche, sia lucide che satinate, di metalli preziosi. In seguito, si passa al disegno di pietre preziose: cabochon e faccettate,  pietre dure, perle, coralli ed altri materiali.  

RE.4 Rendering digitale con Photoshop, Illustrator e Procreate  

L’obiettivo del workshop è di fornire allo studente gli strumenti per realizzare dei rendering attraverso l’uso del digital painting, altamen te veloce, dinamico ed espressivo. Sono illustrate ed utilizzate le tecniche di rappresentazione digitali per mezzo dei software Adobe  Photoshop e Illustrator e dell’applicazione Procreate. Come di consueto si parte dalle tecniche di rappresentazione delle superfici  piane, curve, cilindriche e coniche dei metalli, sia lucide che opache/satinate. Si passa in seguito alla rappresentazione digitale di  pietre preziose: cabochon e faccettate, pietre dure, perle, coralli, carré e pavé di brillanti. Vengono evidenziati i vantaggi del rendering  digitale e la possibilità di modificare il disegno ed adattarlo a esigenze diverse in brevissimo tempo. 

EN.1 Segnatura  

Introduzione alla tecnica della segnatura con bulino su lastra piana. Tracciare, delineare su una lastra di metallo disegni e forme  geometriche. La segnatura è la base per l’apprendimento di tecniche più avanzate di incisione a bulino. 

EN.2 Texture incisa  

Il corso ha come obiettivo l’insegnamento del disegno e dell’incisione a bulino col fine di realizzare texture e pattern differenti.  Partendo da elementi grafici di base, come semplici linee, si vedrà come realizzare motivi anche più complessi, fino ad arrivare ad ornati e composizioni astratte. Sarà anche dimostrato come realizzare imitazioni di superfici naturali, studiando le strutture per  creare effetti come corteccia o legno, livree di pelli animali, o le superfici delle pietre. 

ENJF.1 Introduzione all’incisione sul gioiello 

Appresa la tecnica di preparazione del bulino e dopo aver preso dimestichezza con gli strumenti, si inizierà ad incidere alla stecca su  lastre di rame e anelli in argento.  

ENJF.2 Fondo, granito e seta sul gioiello 

Incisioni su una foglia in argento, uso di fondi, granito, seta, incisione di venature per far risaltare l’effetto naturale.  Il granito serve a realizzare uno sfondo omogeneo che crea un contrasto con le successive incisioni lucide, esaltandole.  

ENJF.3 Corsivo sul metallo  

L’obiettivo del corso è di apprendere come incidere nomi o altri termini in corsivo inglese su lastre piane. 

Il corso è utile sia per orafi che per incisori. Può servire per firmare i propri lavori utilizzando una lastra in metallo, “scrivere” con il  bulino i nomi, le iniziali e le date, eccetera: con questa tecnica si possono personalizzare diversi tipi di gioielli. 

INPR1.F Incassatura su griffe (solitario o trilogy) 

L’incassatura a griffe è la più utilizzata per gli anelli solitari e trilogy ed è in grado di valorizzare la bellezza della pietra.  I partecipanti impareranno ad incassare le pietre tonde taglio brillante su anelli e altri semilavorati in argento. 

INBS.F Incassatura su castoni di diversa forma 

La pietra è incassata nella sede preparata in precedenza (castone). Il collare di metallo è ribadito sulla pietra per mezzo di un  cesello o di un martellatore. Per le esercitazioni saranno utilizzati semilavorati con castoni di varie forme e si imparerà a posizionare le  pietre faccettate di diverso taglio (rotonde, taglio carré o princesse) e pietre tonde taglio cabochon. 

INSG.F Incassatura a sguscio 

La tecnica dell’incassatura a sguscio, nella quale le pietre non sono per niente coperte dal metallo, fa apparire le pietre più grandi di  quanto sono in realtà. Questo tipo di incassatura è particolarmente adatto per pietre rotonde e di piccole dimensioni, e viene spesso  utilizzata per “punti luce” e nei braccialetti tennis. Durante il corso saranno eseguite esercitazioni su lastre e semilavorati in argento o bronzo. 

INBI.F Incassatura su binario 

L’incassatura a binario è una delle più diffuse: questo tipo di montatura conferisce bellezza alle pietre, disposte in fila una accanto  all’altra. È un tipo di incassatura adatta a pietre non grandi e di solito tutte della stessa dimensione. I tagli più usati per questa incas satura sono il carré e la baguette, ma ottimi risultati si ottengono anche con pietre tonde. 

INSGR.F Incassatura sgriffato 

Questa tecnica in parte richiama l’incassatura a griffe, ma l’utilizzo di frese particolari e bulini la rendono assai diversa nella realizza zione e adatta a oggetti da produrre in serie o semplicemente su oggetti unici. L’incassatore ricava le piccole griffe tagliando il metallo  di base e modellando i blocchetti di metallo come guida.

SMAF.1 Smalti trasparenti con pellicole smaltate argento e oro su rame*  

Durante il corso sarà illustrato come ottenere colori chiari e belli direttamente sul rame utilizzando smalti trasparenti in polvere  setacciata in combinazione con lamine d’argento e d’oro, su rame piatto o leggermente formato. I partecipanti esploreranno i metodi  utilizzati per aumentare la profondità, la complessità, i dettagli e la massima trasparenza, acquisendo al contempo informazioni e  competenze essenziali per una smaltatura trasparente e per ottenere un’ampia gamma di colori. 

SMAF.2 Smalto liquido  

Gli studenti saranno guidati a iniziare le tecniche di stratificazione e i metodi di applicazione associati agli smalti liquidi. Nel processo  di smaltatura e cottura saranno incorporati materiali alternativi. Gli smalti saranno cotti in forno o con fiamma diretta, che offre mag giori variazioni alla superficie dello smalto. Esplorando le possibilità gli studenti dovranno presentare una raccolta della loro ricerca  come dimostrazione attraverso diversi pezzi con un’adeguata documentazione dei loro processi. Agli studenti più esperti sarà chiesto  di sviluppare un processo in un pezzo completo che può essere indossabile o scultoreo. 

SMA.WE Smalti a fuoco, smalto a umido, smalto a secco, Champlevé  

Il corso mira a fornire agli studenti la conoscenza delle principali tecniche di smalto a fuoco applicate al metallo, in particolare sugli  oggetti di gioielleria. Il programma include lezioni pratiche ed esercitazioni che coprono le tecniche di smalto a secco, smalto umido e champlevé 

PEARL Infilatura delle perle 

Il corso consiste nella creazione di una collana di perle dall’inizio fino alla chiusura. I partecipanti impareranno la base  fondamentale dell’infilatura e ad utilizzare i materiali necessari per quest’arte. Il corso è rivolto a coloro che per necessità creative,  commerciali ed hobbistiche vogliono imparare questa tecnica.

Flash Courses

These are ultra-short courses, ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration. The content is technical and practical, involving a demonstration phase by the instructor followed by hands-on exercises for students. 

All flash courses are taught by LAO’s faculty and instructors.

CAD Flash courses. Teacher Jasmina Carbone
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Online coursesCAD.WE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Evening or daytime courseCAD.SE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
ZBrush Flash course. Teacher Anna Lia Cimini
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
3D modeling with ZBrushZBR.WE24 hours 6 daysThe lessons will take place on the following days: May 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th15 April€ 800Basic competences on goldsmithing or jewellery design; proficiency in PC usageEnroll
JEWELLERY DESIGN Flash courses. Teachers Sofia Garuti* – Giulio Vinci
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Ink pen sketches and renderingsRE.215 hours 5 days1 - 5 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering with markers and watercolor pencilsRE.315 hours 5 days8 - 12 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Digital renderingRE.415 hours 5 days15 - 19 July15 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering surfaces*RE.112 hours 3 daysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
STONE SETTING Flash courses. Instructor Francesco Pinzauti
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stone setting with griffe (Solitaire or o trilogy)INPR1.F12 Hours 2 Days16 and 17
September
31 August€ 300Enroll
Stone setting on bezelINBS.F12 Hours 2 Days18 and 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Flush settingINSG.F8 Hours 1 Day20 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Channel settingINBI.F8 Hours 1 Day23 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Bead settingINSGR.F8 Hours 1 Day24 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
HAND ENGRAVING ON JEWELLERY Flash courses.
Instructors Victoria Efremova* - Filippo Vinattieri
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to engraving on jew- elleryENJF.112 Hours 2 Days18 e 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Background, granite, and silk on jewelleryENJF.28 Hours 1 Days20 September31 August€ 200ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Cursive writing on metal plate *ENJF.318 Hours 3 Days23, 24, 25 September31 August€ 450ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Segnatura*EN.112 Hours 2 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
Engraved texture*EN.224 Hours 4 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 600Enroll
ENAMELING Flash courses. Instructors Barbara Minor* - Jennifer Wells** - Sachiko Chino
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesEnrolment
Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils on copper*SMAF.18 Hours 2 Days9-10 May20 April€ 400Enroll
Liquid enamels**SMAF.218 Hours 3 Days9, 10 e 11 September31 July€ 600Enroll
Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevéSMA.WE8 Hours 2 Days19 e 20 September31 August€ 250Enroll
STRINGING PEARLS Flash course. Teacher Maria Laura La Mantia
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stringing pearlsPEARL16 Hours 2 Days9 and 10 September15 August€ 500Enroll
Notes FLASH Courses***

CAD.WE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Online Course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

CAD.SE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Evening or daily course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

ZBR.WE 3D modelling with ZBrush 

First approach to sculptural modelling using ZBrush, a computer graphics program that combines modelling, texturing and painting in 3D and 2.5D. ZBrush uses technology that stores information about the lighting, colour, material and intensity of all displayed  objects. In this introductory course open to all, the student will be guided to the creation of a form with which he or she will build a  ring and a bracelet. 

RE.1 Diamond colouring 

Watercolour rendering of brilliant diamond cut. 

RE.2 Ink pen sketches and renderings 

In this workshop fast representation techniques are applied with the use of ink pens. Starting from different representation techniques  for flat surfaces, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, we move on to representation of cabochons and faceted gemstones, pave,  pearls and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to give the student the tools and methods to realize monochromatic jewellery  drawings through fast chiaroscuro” ink pen techniques that will give an immediate visual impact. 

RE.3 Rendering with markers and watercolor pencils. 

In this workshop representation techniques using alcohol and water-based markers and watercolor pencils are covered and  employed. Starting from different representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished and satin finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to drawing of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  

semi-precious stones, pearls, corals and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to provide the student with the tools and  methods to realize jewellery renderings through the use of fast but visually striking representation  

RE.4 Digital rendering with photoshop, illustrator and procreate.  

In this workshop, digital representation techniques using Photoshop and Illustrator software, and the Procreate application are illus trated and employed. As usual, we start with representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished  and satin-finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to digital representation of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  semiprecious stones, pearls, corals, pavés of diamonds. The advantages of digital rendering and the possibility of modifying the design  and adapting it to different requirements in a very short time are high lighted. The aim of the workshop is to train the student with the  tools to realize renderings through the use of digital jewels illustrations and painting, which is highly fast, dynamic and expressive.  

EN.1 Segnatura  

Exercises on metal sheet and introduction to the art of segnatura. Drawing, writing with marks, and delineating geomet ric shapes on a metal sheet. 

EN.2 Engraved texture 

The course aims to teach drawing and engraving with a burin to create different textures and patterns. Starting with basic graphic ele ments like simple lines, participants will learn how to create more complex motifs, up to ornaments and abstract compositions. They will  also learn how to imitate natural surfaces, studying the structures to create effects such as bark or wood, animal skin patterns, or stone  surfaces. 

ENJF.1 Introduction to engraving on jewellery 

After learning the burin preparation technique and becoming familiar with the tools, participants will start engraving on  copper sheets and silver rings. 

ENJF.2 Background, granite, and silk on jewellery 

Engravings on a silver leaf, using backgrounds, granite, silk, and engraving veins to enhance the natural effect. Granite is used to create a  homogeneous background that contrasts with subsequent shiny engravings, enhancing them

ENJF.3 Cursive writing on metal plate  

The objective of the course is to teach the engraving of names in English cursive on flat plates. This course is beneficial for both goldsmiths  and engravers. It can be used to sign one’s own work by using a metal plate, ‘write’ names, initials, and dates with a graver, etc.  

INPR1.F Setting with prongs (solitaire or trilogy)  

The prong setting is the most commonly used for solitaire and trilogy rings, and it enhances the beauty of the stone. Participants will learn  how to set brilliant-cut round stones on silver rings and other semi-finished products. 

INBS.F Setting with different-shaped settings 

The stone is set in the previously prepared seat (setting). The metal collar is fixed on the stone with a chisel or a hammer. For the exercis es, semi-finished products with settings of various shapes will be used, and participants will learn how to set faceted stones of different  cuts (round, square or princess) and round cabochon-cut stones. 

INSG.F Flush setting 

The technique of flush setting, in which the stones are not covered by the metal at all, makes the stones appear larger than they actually  are. This type of setting is particularly suitable for small round stones, and is often used for “light points” and in tennis bracelets. During  the course, exercises will be carried out on silver or bronze plates and semi-finished products. 

INBI.F Channel setting 

Channel setting is one of the most common types of setting: this type of mounting gives beauty to stones arranged in a row next to each  other. It is a type of setting suitable for not large stones, usually all of the same size. The most used cuts for this type of setting are square  and baguette, but excellent results are also obtained with round stones. 

INSGR.F Bead setting 

This technique partly recalls the prong setting, but the use of special mills and gravers makes it very different in realization and suitable  for objects to be produced in series or simple on unique objects. The setter obtains small prongs by cutting the base metal and shaping the  metal blocks according to their own taste. 

SMAF.1 Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils 

The course will demonstrate how to achieve bright and beautiful colours directly on copper using sifted transparent enamel powders in  combination with sheets of silver and gold on flat or gently formed copper surfaces. Participants will explore methods to enhance depth,  complexity, details, and maximum transparency, gaining essential information and skills for transparent enamelling and achieving a wide  range of colours

SMAF.2 Liquid enamel  

Students will be guided through exercises that teach them how to understand the material and how it will respond to certain situations.  The students will then be asked to begin layering techniques and application methods associated with liquid enamels, pushing the bound aries of what they are learning. Alternative materials will be incorporated into the enamel and firing process. The enamels will be kiln and  also torch fired ( this depends if we may bring one torch into the studio), offering more variation to the surface of the enamel. Exploring the  possibilities students will be expected to present a collection of their research as demonstration through several pieces with appropriate  documentation of their processes. Advanced students will also be asked to develop one process into a completed piece that may be wear 

able or sculptural. 

SMA.WE Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevé. 

The course aims to provide the student with the knowledge of the main techniques of fire enamel applied to metal and in particular on jew ellery objects. Practical lessons and exercises. Dry enamel, wet enamel and champlevè.

PEARL Stringing pearls 

The course involves the creation of a pearl necklace from start to finish. Participants will learn the fundamental basics of threading and  how to use the necessary materials for this art. The course is aimed at those who, for creative, commercial, and hobbyist purposes, want  to learn this technique