SACI Fall 2014 Jewelry Design field trips in Florence

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting a local jewelry studio in Florence

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting a local jewelry studio in Florence

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.

Palazzo Pitti's Galleria degli Argento

Palazzo Pitti’s Galleria degli Argento

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.

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting, NORA, a local jewelry studio in Florence

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting, NORA, a local jewelry studio in Florence

Martina Lončar showing her work to.SACI Jewelry Design students

Martina Lončar showing her work to.SACI Jewelry Design students

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting local contemporary jewelry gallery

SACI Jewelry Design students visiting local contemporary jewelry gallery

Examples of SACI student work in the craft area can be seen on the SACI website: www.saci-florence.edu

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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