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Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School

Published: 10.05.2016
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Statement

Alchimia, school of contemporary jewellery in Florence, was founded in 1998 by Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger.
The philosophy of Alchimia, a name chosen for its symbolism and suggestions: the ancient discipline between science and metaphysics, from which to draw in order to transform the "worthless" in "highest quality" through the creative impulse, manual skill, imagination and enthusiasm.
In courses offered from schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016 to advanced levels, students develop strong technical skills guided by a capacity to elaborate artistic concepts and their own creative language.
Alchimia's teaching method focused on the students and their individual nature, has produced results of a very high quality, with peaks of excellence made evident by many international prized acknowledgements.
The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified for Europen Bachelor of Fine Arts & European Master of Fine Arts by the the European Accreditaion Board of Higher Education EABHES.

The creative talents of Alchimia's alumni and staff have been recognised in numerous awards including:
2003: Alchimia received the Jury Excellency Award at the Grassi fair, Leipzig, Germany
2003, 2004, 2005: Naoka Nakamura, Flora Vagi and Marie Bonfils won the Marzee Prize for Graduation Work
2004: Naoka Nakamura was a winner of the Herbert Hoffman Prize (Schmuck 2004, Munich, Germany),  Yu-Chun Chen and Flora Vagi received the Talente Award for Design (Talente 2004, Munich, Germany) | At the Grassi fair (Leipzig, Germany) in 2004 Alchimia was awarded the Grassi Prize for Jewellery for works exhibited by Oliver Fueting, Robean Visscers, Elena Spanò, Flora Vagi and Emanuela Zaietta.
2007: Rudee Tancharoen won the 2nd Award and Silver Spur -The Organizers Special Award for Creative Courage and Uncompromising Attitude, Innovation, Sense of Humour at The Legnica Festival of Silver 2007 (Legnica, Poland)
2009: TALENTE 2009 Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany former student Coco Dunmire winner of Talente Award. | International Graduation Show 2009 at Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland (4 students selected) Eugenia Ingegno wins the Marzee Prize.
2011: 1st Alchimiaward to Nadege Roscoe-Rumjahn |  “International Graduation Show 2011” Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland - Nadege Roscoe-Rumjahn wins the Marzee Prize

Teachers

BFA
Orsetta Andreotti, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Paolo Bernardoni, Daniela Boieri, Riccardo Lami, Doris Maninger, Giovanni Martinelli, Lucia Massei, Francesca Tavanti, Antonio Marsala, Daria Borovkova.

BFA worshops:
Jorge Manilla, Ulrich Reithofer, Attay Chen, Gabi Veit, Silvya Weidnbach.

MFA
Antonia Alampi, Federico Cavicchioli, Riccardo Lami, Doris Maninger, Giovanni Martinelli, Lucia Massei, Antonio Marsala, Paolo Bernardoni.

MFA  tutors
MFA First Year: Peter Bauhuis
MFA Second year: Lucy Sarneel

MFA workshops
David Clarke, Patrick Davison,  Andronikos Sagianos, Benjamel Lignel, Christoph Zellweger, Akis Goumas, Ruudt Peters.

Intensive Courses
Lavinia Rossetti, Daniela Boieri, Marzia Rossi.
 
Week End and Summer courses
Giampaolo Babetto, Patrick Davison, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Susanne Matschè, Yoko Shimizu, Elisa Deval, Marzia Rossi, Lucia Massei.
 

Events      View / hide events

2016:
Award giving  29 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016  Awards at JOYA 2016.
Exhibition  25 May 2016 - 26 Jun 2016  Adornment. The shape of wearable art.
Exhibition  08 May 2016 - 22 May 2016  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2016.
Meeting  21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  Melting Point 2016.
Exhibition  06 Feb 2016 - 07 Feb 2016  1 : 20,000 by Giulia Savino.
2015:
Exhibition  16 Nov 2015 - 20 Nov 2015  True Lies. A Collection of Oxymorons by Federica Sala.
Fair  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2015.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  Trascendieron by Maria Ignacia Walker.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  Trascendieron by Maria Ignacia Walker.
Workshop  03 Aug 2015 - 09 Aug 2015  Ground Now by Ruudt Peters.
Exhibition  18 Jun 2015 - 24 Jun 2015  Loops: Alchimia Graduation Show 2015.
2014:
Fair  09 Oct 2014 - 11 Oct 2014  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2014.
Meeting  29 Sep 2014 - 05 Jun 2015  Contemporary Jewellery Seminars.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2014 - 26 Jun 2014  Touch: Alchimia Graduation Show 2014.
Exhibition  11 May 2014 - 18 May 2014  Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti by Robert Smit.
Fair  14 Feb 2014 - 17 Feb 2014  Inhorgenta Europe.
2013:
Fair  07 Nov 2013 - 10 Nov 2013  SIERAAD 2013.
Meeting  18 Oct 2013 - 20 Oct 2013  place-ment Conference.
Beate Eismann, Alessandra Pizzini, Johanna Zellmer
Fair  17 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2013.
Workshop  22 Jul 2013 - 26 Jul 2013  Kimiake Kageyama: Traditional Copper Alloys and Coloring.
Exhibition  20 Jun 2013 - 22 Jun 2013  Humans we are.
Fair  22 Feb 2013 - 25 Feb 2013  Inhorgenta Europe.
2012:
Exhibition  15 Dec 2012 - 31 Dec 2012  Group Exhibition: Winter Times.
Exhibition  26 Oct 2012 - 11 Nov 2012  Brazil Now: Art Jewellery.
Fair  11 Oct 2012 - 13 Oct 2012  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2012.
Workshop  06 Aug 2012 - 17 Aug 2012  Estela Saez: Daily Life, Jewelry Connection.
Workshop  21 Jul 2012 - 30 Jul 2012  Christoph Zellweger: 2000 millimetres of Uncertainty.
Exhibition  14 Jun 2012 - 16 Jun 2012  Purus.
Fair  10 Feb 2012 - 13 Feb 2012  Inhorgenta Europe.
2011:
Workshop  04 Jul 2011 - 16 Jul 2011  Iris Eichenberg: Summer Workshop.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2011 - 15 Jul 2011  ArtOrnamento.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2011 - 18 Jun 2011  PROFONDO.
Workshop  15 May 2011 - 19 May 2011  Linking Heritage to Contemporary.
Workshop in Aswan, Egypt with Doris Maninger. Co-funded project by Azza Fahmy, and the European Union
Workshop  18 Apr 2011 - 22 Apr 2011  Giovanni Corvaja: Granulation Course.
Exhibition  18 Mar 2011 - 21 Mar 2011  Rings.
Galerie Mangold, Leipzig, Germany
Fair  25 Feb 2011 - 28 Feb 2011  Inhorgenta Europe.
Workshop  07 Jan 2011 - 16 Dec 2011  Alchimia Weekend and Evening Courses.
2010:
Exhibition  23 Sep 2010 - 15 Oct 2010  ArtOrnamento.
Fair  16 Sep 2010 - 18 Sep 2010  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2010.
Exhibition  14 Jul 2010 - 16 Sep 2010  Abwandlungen, Umwandlungen, Verwandlungen.
Galerie V&V, Vienna, Austria
Exhibition  18 Jun 2010 - 10 Jul 2010  Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School: Final exhibitions.
Fair  19 Feb 2010 - 22 Feb 2010  Inhorgenta Europe.
2009:
Exhibition  26 Sep 2009 - 10 Oct 2009  ArtOrnamento.
Workshop  20 Jul 2009 - 31 Jul 2009  Iris Bodemer: inbetween. dimensions and decisions.
Workshop  29 Mar 2009 - 02 Apr 2009  Alchemic Experiences: How an idea can become a jewel.
Fair  20 Feb 2009 - 23 Feb 2009  Inhorgenta Europe.
2008:
Workshop  01 Sep 2008 - 01 Sep 2009  Alchimia courses.
Meeting  16 Apr 2008 - 03 May 2008  Siamo Qui -We are here.
Fair  15 Feb 2008 - 18 Feb 2008  Inhorgenta Europe.
2007:
Exhibition  18 Apr 2007 - 23 Apr 2007  NO DIAMONDS: Pathways in Contemporary Jewellery Fuori Salone.
Fair  23 Feb 2007 - 26 Feb 2007  Inhorgenta Europe.
2006:
Workshop  11 Dec 2006 - 15 Dec 2006  Winter Workshop 2006.
Exhibition  23 Sep 2006 - 21 Oct 2006  ArtOrnamento.
Exhibition  13 Sep 2006 - 15 Sep 2006  Quaternitas meeting 2006.
Workshop  17 Jul 2006 - 21 Jul 2006  Summer Workshop Kumboo with Caroline Gore.
Workshop  03 Jul 2006 - 14 Jul 2006  Summer Workshop with Arline Fisch.
Exhibition  08 Jun 2006 - 05 Aug 2006  Twilight.
A collaboration with Academy of Art and Design of Tallinn, Estonia. The exhibition has toured five cities: Tallinn, Florence (Sound Garden), Barcelona (FAD), Vienna (Galerie V&V); Idar-Oberstein (Industriedenkmal Bengel)
Fair  17 Feb 2006 - 20 Feb 2006  Inhorgenta Europe.
2005:
Exhibition  17 Sep 2005 - 14 Oct 2005  ARTornamento, gioielli contemporanei a confronto.
Workshop  04 Jun 2005 - 15 Jun 2005  Summer Workshop 2005 with Robert Smit.
Fair  25 Feb 2005 - 28 Feb 2005  Inhorgenta Europe.
2004:
Fair  20 Feb 2004 - 23 Feb 2004  Inhorgenta Europe.
2003:
Fair  21 Oct 2003 - 21 Oct 2016  Grassimesse.
Leipzig (Germany).
Fair  01 Mar 2003 - 01 Mar 2016  Schmuck.
IHM Munich (Germany).
Fair  01 Mar 2003 - 01 Mar 2016  Talente.
IHM Munich (Germany)
Fair  21 Feb 2003 - 24 Feb 2003  Inhorgenta Europe.
2002:
Fair  22 Feb 2002 - 25 Feb 2002  Inhorgenta Europe.
2001:
Fair  23 Feb 2001 - 26 Feb 2001  Inhorgenta Europe.
Exhibition  01 Jan 2001 - 01 Jan 2016  Marzee International Graduation Show.
A selected group of Alchimia students have participated in the annual "Marzee International Graduation Show" (The Netherlands).

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  JOYA 2016 Catalogue. Le Departement.  Le Departement:  Barcelona,  2016
Book:  Ruudt Peters. Peters, Ruudt.  Galerie Spektrum:  Munich,  2015
Book:  Alchimia. Maninger, Doris; Massei, Lucia.  Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence:  Florence / Tallinn,  2008
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Class of 2011 at the terrace

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Maestro Chellini at the bench.
Maestro Chellini at the bench

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2011 Graduation exhibition: Profondo.
2011 Graduation exhibition: Profondo

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