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Estonian Academy of Arts

Published: 24.03.2019
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Intro
The Estonian Academy of Arts is the only institution in Estonia that educates professionals in the jewellery and blacksmithing fields at the BA and MA levels. Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the only public university in Estonia providing higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation.

Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing

The Estonian Academy of Arts is the only institution in Estonia that educates professionals in the jewellery and blacksmithing fields at the BA and MA levels. Our aim is to provide the students with a general knowledge in the humanities; to develop their abilities in the visual arts; and their self-expression skills in the jewellery and blacksmithing arts. And also, to provide them with the knowledge and skills for specialised work, by developing their talents and creative thinking.

The faculty members in the jewellery and blacksmithing department are working artists, who actively show their work in Estonia and abroad, participate in specialised projects, deal with professional development, write and publish articles and books, and participate, as experts, on panels and in decision-making bodies.

Generally, the orientation in design is on unique jewellery, and in blacksmithing, on architectural details and monumental art objects.

The people who significantly shape our environment should be more than simply artisans, but professional artists and designers, who can be equal partners with architects and interior designers – the department’s blacksmithing side deals with this.

Professor Kadri Mälk: "The archetypal value of jewellery as a magical item, its symbolist core that in Estonia forms the intellectual cornerstone of education, requires quite intimate qualities. There is, however, no point offering the world something they already possess in abundance."

Since 1999, EAA has been taking part in the European Union educational programs Socrates/Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci.

We have signed bilateral agreements for cooperation with many universities in several countries across Europe and America (e.g., Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and USA).
 

Main feature of the curricula is a combination of traditional skills and contemporary thought.

Chairs of jewellery and blacksmithing have a joint Bachelor's curriculum, but within its frames a separate admission of students and an immediate specialization either in the field of jewellery or blacksmithing takes place. In addition to specific speciality-focused study (jewellery project, technology courses, history of the design), the curriculum of jewellery and blacksmithing includes also artist's project with an aim of evoking creative impulses in students and promoting one's individuality under instruction of acknowledged artists. The program includes also general art subjects: drawing, plastic anatomy, painting, sculpture, color study and humanities. As the department belongs in the Faculty of Design, its students can acquire skills and knowledge related to product design, business and product management. However, in the curriculum of jewellery the main emphasis is laid on creative projects, on the concentration on sacral and ritual meaning of jewellery and aim of the school to contrast with pragmatism.
Practices and master classes serve to deepen the professional technological skills. An extracurricular workshop, supervised by an international visiting artist, takes place every semester, plus lectures of visiting teachers.

Jewellery and Blacksmithing Bachelor & Master

35 internationally acclaimed artists have taughed at our department in last 10 years: Bettina Speckner, Karl Fritsch, Manuel Vilhena, Peter de Wit, Ted Noten, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Giovanni Corvaja, Noam Ben-Jacov, Paul Derrez, Peter Skubic, Manfred Bischoff, Robert Baines, Cristina Filipe, Iris Eichenberg and many others.

Teachers

Head of department, professor: Kadri Mälk
Associate professors and teachers: Piret Hirv, Nils Hint, Eve Margus-Villems, Urmas Lüüs.
 

Events      View / hide events

2019:
Exhibition  27 Apr 2019 - 25 May 2019  Flashback. An exhibition by Kaia Ansip.
2018:
Exhibition  28 Sep 2018 - 16 Oct 2018  HANNA HANSEL in HOP Gallery.
Exhibition  19 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018  Marzee International Graduate Show 2018.
Exhibition  01 Jun 2018 - 06 Jun 2018  I Curse the Day.
Exhibition  28 May 2018 - 03 Jun 2018  Estonian Academy of Arts, Degree Show 2018.
Meeting  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Melting Point 2018.
Exhibition  07 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018  Udujutt / Fogspeak: 13 jewellery artists from Estonia.
2017:
Exhibition  22 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Gaze.
Exhibition  19 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017  Observa(c)tion.
2016:
Exhibition  19 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016  Testament by Kadri Mälk at Galerie Biró.
Exhibition  28 Oct 2016 - 14 Nov 2016  Castle in the air.
Exhibition  27 Sep 2016 - 27 Oct 2016  Testament by Kadri Mälk.
Exhibition  09 Jul 2016 - 22 Jul 2016  Estonian Academy of Arts. Graduation Degree Show 2016.
Exhibition  02 Jun 2016 - 28 Jun 2016  ESTONISHING! 13 Estonian jewelers in Brazil.
Exhibition  23 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  Cathexis at Melting Point.
2015:
Exhibition  06 Mar 2015 - 02 Apr 2015  Fragmenting Matter by Patrícia Domingues.
Exhibition  10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015  From the Familiar to the Wonderful by Karin Herwegh.
Exhibition  10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015  Fragmentation and Union by Patrícia Domingues.
2014:
Exhibition  08 Nov 2014 - 15 Jan 2015  Words and Works from a World Away.
Workshop  10 Oct 2014 - 13 Oct 2014  Tanel Veenre: Copy/Paste.
Meeting  19 Sep 2014 - 20 Sep 2014  Seminar: New Adventures in Jewellery.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2014 - 11 May 2014  From the Coolest Corner: Nordic Jewellery.
2006:
Meeting  07 Sep 2006 - 08 Sep 2006  Chroma.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  Kadri Mälk. Testament. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  Tanel Veenre: Handful – Käeulatuses. Jewellery Diary 2009–2015. Veenre, Tanel.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2015
Book:  From the Coolest Corner. Nordic Jewellery. den Besten, Liesbeth; Veiteberg, Jorunn; Jönsson, Love; Ruutiainen, Päivi.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2013
Inside the workshops..
Inside the workshops.

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Inside the workshops..
Inside the workshops.

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Students at work. .
Students at work. 

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Kaia Ansip. Object: SEA, 2015. Driftwood, paint.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Kaia Ansip
Object: SEA, 2015
Driftwood, paint.
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Mariliis Hopp. Ring: Tension, 2014. Oxidized silver, diamond.. Photo by: Mariliis Hopp. Mariliis Hopp
Ring: Tension, 2014
Oxidized silver, diamond.
Photo by: Mariliis Hopp
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Moonika Kase. Ring: Saint, 2015. Silver. Moonika Kase
Ring: Saint, 2015
Silver
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Liisbeth Kirss. Bracelet: Armour Of The Dead, 2016. Synthetic hair, resin, oxidized silver.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Liisbeth Kirss
Bracelet: Armour Of The Dead, 2016
Synthetic hair, resin, oxidized silver.
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Liisbeth Kirss. Piece: Parure Of The Uncanny, 2019. Glass, fabric, latex, pearls, plastic beads, silver, glass paint.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Liisbeth Kirss
Piece: Parure Of The Uncanny, 2019
Glass, fabric, latex, pearls, plastic beads, silver, glass paint.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
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Liisbeth Kirss. Piece: Parure Of The Uncanny, 2017. Glass, fabric, latex, pearls, plastic beads, silver, glass paint.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Liisbeth Kirss
Piece: Parure Of The Uncanny, 2017
Glass, fabric, latex, pearls, plastic beads, silver, glass paint.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
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Triin Kukk. Bowl: Untitled, 2014. Steel. Triin Kukk
Bowl: Untitled, 2014
Steel
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Triin Kukk. Bowl: Untitled, 2014. Steel. Detail view.. Triin Kukk
Bowl: Untitled, 2014
Steel

Detail view.

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Triin Kukk. Object: Letters From Father, 2013. Steel. Triin Kukk
Object: Letters From Father, 2013
Steel
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Sigrid Kuusk. Brooch: Untitled, 2017. Ash, silver.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Sigrid Kuusk
Brooch: Untitled, 2017
Ash, silver.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
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Sigrid Kuusk. Necklace: Inner Space, 2018. Steel, cubic zirconia, silver, foam rubber.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Sigrid Kuusk
Necklace: Inner Space, 2018
Steel, cubic zirconia, silver, foam rubber.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
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Sigrid Kuusk. Necklace: Inner Space, 2018. Steel, cubic zirconia, silver, foam rubber.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Detail view.. Sigrid Kuusk
Necklace: Inner Space, 2018
Steel, cubic zirconia, silver, foam rubber.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk

Detail view.

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Sigrid Kuusk. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2017. Ash, silver, rubber.. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Sigrid Kuusk
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2017
Ash, silver, rubber.
Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk
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Sigrid Kuusk. Earrings: Serial jewellry, 2017. Photo by: Sigrid Kuusk. Sigrid Kuusk
Earrings: Serial jewellry, 2017
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Timmo Lember. Object: Coat rack in progress, 2015. Photo by: Timmo Lember. Timmo Lember
Object: Coat rack in progress, 2015
Photo by: Timmo Lember
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Timmo Lember. Object: Coat rack, 2015. Steel. Photo by: Timmo Lember. Timmo Lember
Object: Coat rack, 2015
Steel
Photo by: Timmo Lember
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Timmo Lember. Object: Tryouts, 2015. Steel. Photo by: Timmo Lember. Timmo Lember
Object: Tryouts, 2015
Steel
Photo by: Timmo Lember
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Claudia Lepik. Bracelet: Untitled, 2017. Gilded brass, pleated silk.. Claudia Lepik
Bracelet: Untitled, 2017
Gilded brass, pleated silk.
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Claudia Lepik. Piece: Untitled, 2017. Stainless steel, paint.. Photo by: Jo Nurm. Face jewellery.. Claudia Lepik
Piece: Untitled, 2017
Stainless steel, paint.
Photo by: Jo Nurm
Face jewellery.

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Claudia Lepik. Piece: Untitled, 2017. Stainless steel, paint.. Photo by: Jo Nurm. Claudia Lepik
Piece: Untitled, 2017
Stainless steel, paint.
Photo by: Jo Nurm
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Erle Nemvalts. Piece: Society Is Waiting For The Same Smooth Haired, 2015. Pins, silver, stainless steel.. Stomacher. Erle Nemvalts
Piece: Society Is Waiting For The Same Smooth Haired, 2015
Pins, silver, stainless steel.
Stomacher

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Erle Nemvalts. Piece: Society Is Waiting For The Same Smooth Haired, 2015. Pins, silver, stainless steel.. Detail view.Stomacher. Erle Nemvalts
Piece: Society Is Waiting For The Same Smooth Haired, 2015
Pins, silver, stainless steel.

Detail view.
Stomacher

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Olav Surva. Piece: Iron Chain, 2014. Iron. Olav Surva
Piece: Iron Chain, 2014
Iron
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Agnes Veski. Piece: A Bigger Brooch than a Body, 2016. Textile, brass, steel.. Agnes Veski
Piece: A Bigger Brooch than a Body, 2016
Textile, brass, steel.
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Anni Voll. Piece: Untitled, 2016. Glass, ready-made gloves, silk thread.. Anni Voll
Piece: Untitled, 2016
Glass, ready-made gloves, silk thread.
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