Cominelli Foundation Award 2013

Award  /  31 Aug 2013  -  06 Oct 2013
Published: 25.09.2013
Cominelli Foundation Award 2013.
Fondazione Cominelli
Maria Rosa Franzin & Rossella Tornquist
DEADLINE: 10/04/2013
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40 artists from all over the world were selected to take part in the Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2013 by gallerist Mrs. Isabella Hund. Cominelli Foundation is proud to present the winners of 2013
Winners of the Cominelli Foundation’s International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2013.

The 4th edition of the Cominelli Foundationís International Competition for Contemporary Jewellery 2013 organized by the Foundation and the AGC Contemporary Jewellery Association took place in the prestigious headquarters in San Felice del Benaco.

40 artists from all over the world were selected to take part in the competition by gallerist Mrs. Isabella Hund. Cominelli Foundation is proud to present the winners 2013:

1st Prize: Gigi Mariani

Gigi Mariani's works express a strong tension determined by the marks, fractures and cracks in the elements. Proportions play a large role, so as the niello technique used, enhancing the form and the technical abilities. A strong primordiali quality comes through in Mariani's works, that is accentuated by the dark colour obtained through the niello technique.

2nd prize: Makoto Hieda
In Makoto Hieda's jewellery, empty space plays a major role, space that has been shaped by an ethereal sense of shape and the capacity to express refined tactile qualities. An additional factor that is of intrest is the presence of mobile elements inside the main structure, space that seems as though it is made, so to speak, of air and movement.

3rd prize: Elisabetta Dupré
Elisabetta Dupre's brooches communicate a rare formal sensibility and a superb technique. Her pieces have an irregular variable configuration and the mobility of the elements almost gives the impression of a living organism, delicate but at the same time loaded with a condensed strength.

Special mentions to:
Suzanne Beautyman, Emma Francesconi, Jessica Turrell

About the Fondation

The Fondazione Cominelli,
in carrying out its cultural activities has now come up with an articulated project where it becomes a reference point for the applied arts, not only for exhibitions, but also as a place where applied art “is done”; it does this by organising workshops and conferences on the subject; of this complex panorama it has chosen to present and delve into some sectors only: photography, ceramics and jewellery.

The Fondazione Cominelli is sided by agc which organises and promotes the event. Agc has already promoted other projects on the national territory. Agc, (Contemporary Jewellery Association) founded in June 2004, has, among its statutory objectives, that of drawing attention to the value of the contemporary jewellery culture and spreading it. Contemporary jewellery today represents a sector of advanced research and experimentation of new expressive languages as well as exploiting the personal ornament concept. In close contact with the international community, the association follows up a series of initiatives aimed at promoting a constructive and synergistic confrontation with other artistic and productive realities.

About the award:

Mrs. Isabella Hund, gallerist will select the 40 participants. The selection will adopt assessment criteria that will take into consideration the goldsmith/artistic quality, the originality and contemporaneity, by accurately assessing, during the registration phase, the photographs of the pieces to be presented.

The agc will have no decisional power, nor will it have any say regarding the applications for participation, the jury coming from outside the association.

The Jury:
Michele Cassarino, Chairman Cominelli Foundation
Kadri Malk, goldsmith Prof. Estonian Academy of Art Isabella Hund, gallerist
Federico Sardella art historian
Rita Marcangelo curator Permanent Collection Cominelli Foundation
Prof. Ichiro Iino Prof. Art University Tokyo.

The Award:

The first prize € 2.000 will be assigned to the artist who merits it most, the second prize € 1.000 to the artist with the most innovative technique , the third prize a LapTop and three special mentions.


The first prize will be awarded to one of the participants selected for the “Premio Fondazione Cominelli” exhibition on contemporaneity in the jewellery research world.

The exhibition was conceived as an opportunity for goldsmith artists and designers to show their work and contribute to further spreading the knowledge of contemporary jewellery. There is no set limit to the materials they use, the measurements must not, however, exceed 15x15 cm and diameter 20 cm max.

Registration for selection shall be submitted no later than April 10th 2013 by sending your application to: and Fee of application: via banker’s draft,  € 35.00 or by PayPal € 40.00

Application by post - the material must be sent no later than April 10th 2013.
The material shall consist of a CD with two folders
- ONE with 5 to 8 LOW resolution 72dpi digital pictures
- ONE with 5 to 8 HIGH resolution 300dpi digital pictures of the artist’s own work produced during the last two years
- A brief description of the concept of the artist’s work and an updated curriculum vitae, all in English and Italian. For foreign participants: only in the English language.
- The material shall also contain: surname and name of artist, place and date of birth, phone, fax, e-mail address, website/blog.

In this specific case the pictures must have the following characteristics:
Resolution: 72 dpi and 300 dpi
Format: .jpg
Dimensions: smallest side = 15 cm.
Captions: year produced, materials used, title.
The images should have a neutral background preferably white.

The CD with the information must be sent by post to:
Maria Rosa Franzin c/o Istituto d’Arte Pietro Selvatico,
Largo Meneghetti 1 35121 Padova, Italy


Bank transfer info: payment of registration fee
made to agc, c/o UNICREDIT BANCA, agenzia di Cremona, piazza Roma.
Bank Coordinates:
CIN: EU 28
ABI: 02008
C/C-IBAN: 000040371440
IBAN CODE: IT28 P0200811 4000 00040371440
Reason for payment: participation in Premio Fondazione Cominelli

Quality, innovation and artistic research will be fundamental selection criteria. The information material sent with the application for participating in the selection will not be returned, but will become part of agc records.

The selection will be made by Mrs. ISABELLA HUND.
The participants will be informed about the outcome of the selection via e-mail by 30th April 2013. On that same date, the participation procedures, number of pieces to exhibit, date of shipment, etc. will also be communicated.


For 2013 this manifestation will be sided by the start of a new section dedicated to training in the University, Institutes and Schools in this sector. The scope of this section is to present and confront different formative directions within the “jewellery” ambit, the different orientations, from design to artistic and handcraft training, getting the formative peculiarities of each reality to emerge. An exhibition will present the projects and prototypes by director of the section by the students of the Art-Crafts Course (including metal and Urushi works) of the Tokyo Arts School directed by Prof Ichiro Iino.

Permanent Collection:
With the fourth edition of the Fondazione Cominelli Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2013 there will also be the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Jewellery; each edition will enrich the Collection with new works, some by the competition participants and others by artists selected by the Gallerist Rita Marcangelo.

Artist represented in the permanent collection:
Adrean Bloomard, Alba Polenghi Lisca, Agnes Larsson, Barbara Paganin, Barbara Uderzo, Beate Eismann, Bernhard Stimpfl Abele, Carla Riccoboni, Carole Deltenre Catarina Hallzon, Dana Hakim, Diana Dudek, Donna Brennan, Elisabetta Duprè, Emanuela Deyanova, Eugenia Ingegno, Fabrizio Tridenti, Farrah Al Dujaili, Francine Schloeth, Giancarlo Montebello, Gigi Mariani, Giovanni Sicuro, Gisbert Stach, Heejin Hwang, Isabel Schaupp, Jimin Kimin, Judy McCaig, Kaori Yuzu, Katrin Spranger, Levin Hadas, Liana Pattihis, Meiri Ishida, Mi-Mi Moscow, Margherita De Martino Norante, Marco Minelli, Maria Rosa Franzin, Marta Hric, Maurizio Stagni, Nikolai Balabin, Patrizia Bonati, Rita Marcangelo, Rossella Tornquist, Sam Tho Duong, Sanna Svedestedt, Silke Trekel, Simone Giesen, Sungho Cho, Tamara Grüner, Uli Rapp.
The permanent Collection will become an important document of the Fondazione Cominelli, an occasion for a visit by jewellery lovers and those of the trade.

Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery / Premio Fondazione Cominelli per il Gioiello Contemporaneo FOURTH EDITION the exhibition that will be held at Palazzo Cominelli Cisano di San Felice del Benaco
from 31th August 6th October 2013

31th August 2013

Organised and promoted by:
the Fondazione Raffaele Cominelli
agc associazione gioiello contemporaneo

Last years edition:

In 2012 a total of 43 artists from all over the world were selected
to take part in the competition by Maria Cristina Bergesio, presenting their latest research in the contemporary jewellery field.
There was also great interest in the pieces presented in a special section by the students of the Jewellery & Silversmithing - Edinburgh College of Art University of Edinburgh - School of Design, directed by Prof. Stephen Bottomley.

The Cominelli Foundation`s Permanent Collection of contemporary jewellery was enriched by a selection of 13 artists by the gallerist Rita Marcangelo.

Winners 2012
Jasmin Matzakow
- 1st prize ex aequo - Euro 1.500,00
Seul-Gi Kwon - 1st prize ex aequo - Euro 1.500,00
Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele - 2nd prize - laptop

Honorable Mentions  2012:
Emmanuel Lacoste, Zoe Robertson, Chiara Scarpitti
Gigi Mariani. Ring: Cracks / Crepe, 2012. Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina. Gigi Mariani
Ring: Cracks / Crepe, 2012
Silver, 18kt yellow gold, niello, patina
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Makoto Hieda. Brooch: Cocoon, 2012. Stainless mesh. Makoto Hieda
Brooch: Cocoon, 2012
Stainless mesh
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Elisabetta Dupré. Brooch: Mesh surfaces, 2011. Silver 925, gold 850, oxidations. Elisabetta Dupré
Brooch: Mesh surfaces, 2011
Silver 925, gold 850, oxidations
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Suzanne Beautyman. Brooch: Triticum Wheat, 2013. Iron, steel mesh, silver, enamel. Suzanne Beautyman
Brooch: Triticum Wheat, 2013
Iron, steel mesh, silver, enamel
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Emma Francesconi. Necklace: Metamorfosi, 2012. Titanium. Emma Francesconi
Necklace: Metamorfosi, 2012
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Jessica Turrell. Necklace: Field series, 2013. Enamel, copper, silver. Jessica Turrell
Necklace: Field series, 2013
Enamel, copper, silver
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View of Lake Garda from Fondazione Cominelli.

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