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Le Arti Orafe.
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LAO - Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School
Studying, learning, experimenting without limits or boundaries

Established in 1985 by Giò Carbone, Le Arti Orafe (in English, “The Art of Jewellery”) was the first Italian school devoted to contemporary jewellery, conceived along original lines that combine technical training, contemporary design, artistic research. Our completely innovatory teaching methods has left the old stereotypes behind and invented, tested and refined a creative, personalised way of learning, without losing sight of the acquisition of the techniques and concepts.
Nowadays the school is one of the most important in Europe, is Creditated by the educational Authority and the main courses lead to the award of a Recognized Diploma.
LAO has always stood out because of its activities in promoting jewellery culture in the widest and most complete sense of the expression, and since many years organizes exhibitions, conferences, meetings related with contemporary research jewellery.
Since 2005 the school organizes the international event “PREZIOSA” contemporary exhibition and contest/exhibition “PREZIOSA YOUNG” 


History, Facilities, Installations
Living and studying in Florence, the most famous art city in the world.
Since 1985 LAO have its headquarters in the historic and artistic heart of Florence, in the Santo Spirito/San Frediano district, which still retains its own character and offers visitors and residents an intense human experience. The home of artists that have made it famous throughout the world, the Toscana region is still rich in exceptional craftsmanship, and preserves his human dimension.
The school inherits the Renaissance spirit of the region, but the great lesson of the past is re-launched, and the teaching staff take into account the changing of costumes, the modifications in historical and social conditions, the requirements of its students, the importance of the individual research, the evolution of the concept of jewellery, with the competences in new technologies, the knowledge of processes and materials and the innovation in design and function.
The concept of jewellery has evolved in surprising ways over the past 50 years, with the advent of the earliest artists who conducted their research on contemporary jewellery. The methods, the processes, the functions of jewellery have been profoundly changed, also thanks to the work of our school, which now finds imitators around the world.
The school's have three workshops and three other classrooms for design, CAD, gemmology and theory lessons.
The laboratories for practical lessons and exercises have all the specific equipment for the work for all the students. For lessons in gemmology school has always had a full gemmological equipment (microscopes, hydrostatic balance, refractometers, polariscopes, etc.), as well as a rich and continuously updated inventory of stones for study.
For its students, but also for students from other schools and universities, LAO has set up one of the most important Italian libraries dedicated to jewellery. The collection of books, manuals, catalogs, magazines from around the world includes more than 1000 volumes.

The School had or have cooperation with the following companies
Ganjam Nagappa & Son, Bangalore, India. Meli Gioielli, Firenze. Gabriella Garzi, Arezzo. La Nouvelle Bague, Firenze. Ponte Vecchio Gioielli, Firenze. Swarovski, Wattens, Austria. Signity, Svizzera. Auritalia, Vicenza

Students:
Hundreds of students of all ages and from over the world have come to our school. Our students (approximately 60 each year) come from all over the world: Italy, Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. This meeting of different cultures and traditions creates the best possible environment for profitable periods of study which often give rise to lasting friendships and future working relationships. During and after their studies, the designs and creations of the students are published in trade magazines all over the world, and displayed at fairs and art galleries

The library: 
For its own students, and also for those from other schools and from the University, Le Arti Orafe has set up one of the most important libraries in Italy devoted to jewellery: the collection of books, manuals, catalogues and magazines from all over the world numbers over 1000 volumes. 

Since 2005 the school organizes “Preziosa Contemporary Jewellery” the most important international exhibition for in Italy (www.preziosa.org)

Educational Programs:
A teaching method that combine artistic research, technical skills, contemporary design. All the programmes are conceived and structured in such a way as to guarantee all the students a preparation suited to their requirements, with an elevated number of hours of lessons held by qualified teachers (craftsmen, artists, designers and professionals). The School benefits the collaboration of over 15 permanent teachers, who are supported by other Italian and foreign professionals, artists and designers for conferences and workshops.
Main courses are held in Italian language, and foreign students are required to have a basic knowledge of this language.
Courses could also be done in English, on request: please contact the school’s secretary for informations. 

Teachers

Some artists, designers, teachers with wich the school had or have cooperations for lecturers, longterm courses, workshops, exhibitons, projects.
Jivan Astfalck, Giampaolo Babetto, Robert Baines, Edith Bellod, Gijs Bakker, Noam Ben-Jacov, David Bielander, Frédéric Braham, Erhard Brepohl, Helen Britton, Monica Brugger, Sebastian Buescher, Christophe Burger, Peter Chang, Giovanni Corvaja, Georg Dobler, Diana Dudek, Naomi Filmer, Maria Rosa Franzin, Karl Fritsch, Yasuki Hiramatsu, Claudia Hoppe, Mari Ishikawa, Svenja John, Gilles Joneman, Susanne Klemm, Helfried Kodrè, Nel Linssen, Kadri Mälk,Stefano Marchetti, Sally Marsland, Bruno Martinazzi, Ellen Maurer-Zilioli, Marlene Mckibbin, Andrea Mizzau, Xavier Monclús, Eija Mustonen, Erico Nagai, Ted Noten, Francesco Pavan, Ruudt Peters, Mario Pinton, Annelies Planteijdt, Katja Prins, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Mah Rana, Claudia Rinnenberg, Jacqueline Ryan, Maria Grazia Rodi, Carla Riccoboni, Gerd Rothmann, Ruggero Sandini, Marjorie Schick, Barbara Schmidt, Vera Siemund, Peter Skubic, Ralph Stautner, Sabine Strobel, Janna Syvanoja, Tehri Tolvanen, Barbara Uderzo, Felieke Van Der Leest, Tanel Veenre, Graziano Visintin, Lisa Walker, Annamaria Zanella, Christoph Zellweger, David Watkins.

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2017:
Award  15 May 2017 - 15 Jun 2017  PREZIOSA Young Design Competition 2017.
2016:
Open call  26 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016  PREZIOSA Young Design Competition 2017.
Workshop  20 Jun 2016 - 24 Jun 2016  Fusion Design, considering roots by Martina Dempf.
Exhibition  17 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016  Le Arti Orafe. Graduation Degree Show 2016.
Workshop  24 May 2016 - 27 May 2016  Creative Jewelry: form, texture, color by Xavier Monclús.
Workshop  16 May 2016 - 18 May 2016  An old technique in a new look by Sibylle Umlauf.
Workshop  09 May 2016 - 13 May 2016  Let’s do something beautiful by Philip Sajet.
2015:
Workshop  13 Jul 2015 - 02 Oct 2015  Le Arti Orafe Summer Courses 2015.
Workshop  31 May 2015 - 02 Jun 2015  Workshops. Florence Jewellery Week.
Meeting  29 May 2015 - 29 May 2015  Lectures. Florence Jewellery Week.
Exhibition  28 May 2015 - 03 Jun 2015  Preziosa Young 2015. Florence Jewellery Week.
Exhibition  28 May 2015 - 03 Jun 2015  Invited Artists. Florence Jewellery Week.
Award giving  13 Jan 2015 - 13 Jan 2015  Preziosa Young Winners 2015.
2014:
Workshop  07 Jul 2014 - 26 Sep 2014  Le Arti Orafe Intensive and Summer Courses.
Exhibition  08 May 2014 - 06 Jun 2014  Preziosa 2014: Special Edition.
Exhibition  08 May 2014 - 06 Jun 2014  Preziosa Young Contemporary Jewellery Retrospective 2014.
Award  01 Jan 2014 - 15 Nov 2014  PREZIOSA Young Design Competition 2015.
2013:
Workshop  08 Jul 2013 - 27 Sep 2013  Le Arti Orafe Summer Short Courses and Workshops.
Workshop  27 May 2013 - 29 May 2013  Harold O’Connor: Granulation.
Exhibition  30 Apr 2013 - 06 Jun 2013  Preziosa Young 2013 at Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER.
2012:
Workshop  23 Jul 2012 - 26 Jul 2012  Stefano Marchetti: Hacking Ideas.
Workshop  09 Jul 2012 - 28 Sep 2012  Le Arti Orafe Summer Short Courses.
Workshop  07 May 2012 - 09 May 2012  Harold O’Connor: Granulation.
Exchange  02 Apr 2012 - 01 Jan 2013  Le Arti Orafe: Scholarships 2012-2013.
2011:
Workshop  05 Sep 2011 - 06 Sep 2011  Charon Kransen: Working Towards a more creative future.
Workshop  25 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011  Stefano Marchetti: Surface in Depth.
Workshop  04 Apr 2011 - 31 Dec 2011  Le Arti Orafe Informative flash courses.
Exchange  10 Jan 2011 - 15 Dec 2011  Le Arti Orafe: Exchange Program 2011.
2010:
Workshop  26 Jul 2010 - 29 Jul 2010  Stefano Marchetti: Surface in Depth.
Workshop  26 Jul 2010 - 24 Sep 2010  Summer Courses 2010.
2009:
Workshop  27 Jul 2009 - 30 Jul 2009  Stefano Marchetti: “Surface in depth” in jewellery design.
Workshop  06 Jul 2009 - 25 Sep 2009  Le Arti Orafe: Intensive summer courses.
Workshop  20 Apr 2009 - 23 Apr 2009  Stefano Marchetti: “Surface in depth” in jewellery design.
2008:
Workshop  15 Sep 2008 - 19 Sep 2008  Thinking about Geometry. Geometrical research in Jewellery.
Workshop  14 Jul 2008 - 25 Jul 2008  Repoussè and Chiseling for Jewellery.
Workshop  07 Jul 2008 - 27 Sep 2008  Summer courses 2008.
Workshop  28 Apr 2008 - 02 May 2008  Thinking about Geometry. Geometrical research in Jewellery.
2007:
Workshop  09 Jul 2007 - 28 Sep 2007  Summer courses 2007.
Exhibition  02 Jun 2007 - 01 Jul 2007  Annamaria Zanella. Il gioiello come costruzione poetica.
Workshop  16 Apr 2007 - 04 May 2007  Erico Nagai: Individual Jewellery Making.
Workshop  05 Mar 2007 - 09 Mar 2007  Giampaolo Babetto: A detail in the urban architecture.
2006:
Exhibition  10 Dec 2006 - 10 Dec 2006  Inauguration Le Arti Orafe in Lucca.
Workshop  04 Dec 2006 - 08 Dec 2006  Giovanni Corvaja: Microflaming Masterclass.
Workshop  25 Sep 2006 - 30 Sep 2006  Peter Skubic: No value material Jewellery.
Workshop  03 Jul 2006 - 29 Sep 2006  Summer courses 2006.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2006 - 27 Jun 2006  Amalgame Ermetiche.
Exhibition  18 May 2006 - 18 Jun 2006  Suggestive rinascite - Suggestive renewal.
Exhibition  20 Apr 2006 - 14 May 2006  Harmonic clashes in the research’s jewelry.
Exhibition  02 Mar 2006 - 02 Apr 2006  Paper’s charm: the jewels of Nel Linssen.
2005:
Exhibition  15 Dec 2005 - 08 Jan 2006  De Rebus Naturae.
Exhibition  10 Nov 2005 - 19 Nov 2005  Chroma: Jewels from 6 European jewellery schools.
Workshop  05 Sep 2005 - 10 Sep 2005  Summer Courses 2005-2.
Workshop  01 Aug 2005 - 05 Aug 2005  Summer Courses 2005-1.
Exhibition  07 Jul 2005 - 30 Sep 2005  End of school year exhibition.
Workshop  04 Jun 2005 - 29 Jun 2005  Summer Courses 2005-3.
Exhibition  12 May 2005 - 28 May 2005  Trasformazioni
Gioielli e Sculture
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2004:
Exhibition  05 Nov 2004 - 19 Nov 2004  Jewellery.

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Book:  Le Arti Orafe. 25th School's Anniversary Catalogue. Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2010
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