The Fall term at SACI is in the final weeks before the holidays. The Jewelry Design class continues learning techniques of jewelry fabrication with metals, but also had time to get out of the studio and visit some jewelry exhibitions and artist studios around Florence. There are so many potential places to visit in Florence related to jewelry because the city has a historic tradition of jewelry artisans going way back to the Renaissance. Plus, the city has fine examples of contemporary jewelry artists and designers, and frequently holds temporary exhibitions related to such.
Some of the recent places SACI’s Jewelry Design class visited with their instructor, Naomi Muirhead, included the historic and contemporary jewelry collections in the Galleria degli Argenti of the Palazzo Pitti, the temporary exhibition Gioielli d’Artista: La Tradizione nella Modernità, the contemporary jewelry gallery Antonella Villanova where they saw the work of Jacquline Ryan, and NORA studio/workshop of international jewelry artists including owner, Margherita de Martino Norante, and Martina Lončar. Here, SACI students learned how Martina ventured to Italy from Slovenia to study under Italian jewelry masters and create and market their own unique lines. where she experiments between concept and form, and most recently with LED technology, using a combination of casting and hand fabrication.