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Le Arti Orafe.
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LAO - Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, Florence
An educational project.


Established in 1985 by Giò Carbone, LAO was the first Italian school devoted to the study of jewellery culture, and to the contemporary practice in jewellery creation, and since the very beginning has encouraged and promoted a learning process emphasizing technical and professional skills, combined with artistic research and contemporary design.
 
The concept of jewellery has evolved in surprising ways since the Seventies of the XX century, with the advent of artists and goldsmiths who conducted their research.
The contemporary vision has broken into the jewellery world, shaking it from its old and “dusty” image.
The methods, the processes, the functions, the meanings and the social use of jewels, the way of teaching and learning about jewellery have deeply changed, together with its instruments and communication, and since its foundation LAO has been a reference for this constant evolution.
 
Through and thanks to the didactic activities, LAO brought in Italy the study and the acquaintance of contemporary jewellery research, primarily through our original and innovative teaching method, and in parallel with an intense cultural activity, since the 80s covered the organization of meetings and conferences, exhibitions, workshops with international artists and creators, so as to realize a favourable environment for the diffusion of study tools that up that moment had no any space in Italy.
 
This pioneering work has created the conditions for the diffusion and knowledge of contemporary jewellery in Italy, for the formation of goldsmiths with an innovative vision, and has served as an example for many small schools that have begun to be founded here and there in Italy since the late '90.


Educational Programs and courses:
Studying, learning, experimenting without limits or boundaries.
 
In the early ‘80s the jewellery companies and crafts studios were beginning a renewal process, but there were no jewellery schools in Italy to support and integrate this big change.
 
LAO was set up to respond to the need for training felt in many areas, and provided an innovative vision of the notions and techniques of jewellery creation.
 
LAO invented and experimented with a training programme that put the stress on anti-conventional reworking of traditional procedures and techniques, combining the knowledge of artisan practices with contemporary concepts, exploring the creative use of traditional materials and introducing other, completely innovative ones.
 
This teaching method soon became a model, and rewarded with the arrival in Florence of hundreds of students from all over the world.
Nowadays the school is one of the most important in Europe, it is an Accredited European Training Agency, and an Authorized entity for Erasmus projects.
 
 
History, Facilities, Installations:
Living and studying in Florence, the most famous art city in the world.
 
Since 1985 LAO have its headquarters in the very heart of Florence, in the Santo Spirito/San Frediano historic and artistic district, which still retains its own character and offers visitors and residents an intense human experience.  
The school have 5 beautiful and full equipped workshops, and 5 classrooms for design, CAD, gemmology and theoretical lessons. A very rich library had been set up along the year, with a huge number of books and catalogues on jewellery and applied arts.


Students:
Hundreds of students of all ages and from over the world have come to our school. Our students (approximately 60 every year) come from all over the world: 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.
 
 
A cultural project: PREZIOSA Contemporary Jewellery:
LAO has always stood out because of its activities in promoting jewellery culture, and since many years organizes exhibitions, conferences, meetings related with contemporary research jewellery.
 
LAO has introduced in Italy the knowledge and exploration of contemporary jewellery, not only in the educational field but also with the collateral initiatives that characterize this unique school.
Since its founding LAO has managed events, invited internationally renowned artists for lectures and conferences, organized exhibitions, and promoted the spread of instruments of study and knowledge that previously had no place in Italy.
 
From 2000 to 2005 LAO has been managing the first art gallery dedicated to jewellery in Florence, with the presentation of significant exhibitions and important artists, some of whom never appeared before in Italy, as for example Terhi Tolvanen, Xavier Monclús, Nel Linssen, Yanna Syvanöja, Hellen Britton, Jacqueline Ryan, and the Italians Anna Maria Zanella, Giovanni Corvaja, Giampaolo Babetto, Maria Rosa Franzin, Carla Riccoboni
 
In 2005, once again with a genius intuition and the of enthusiastic people, we decided to make a leap forward, with the launch of the PREZIOSA exhibition project.
PREZIOSA was the first Italian exhibition project repeated all long the years with regularity, and since 2008 with the collateral contest/exhibition “PREZIOSA YOUNG” www.preziosa.org
 
Artists, who takes part to PREZIOSA, and other designers, teachers, critics, with wich the school had or have cooperation for lecturers, long-term courses, workshops, exhibitons, projects.
Jivan Astfalck, Giampaolo Babetto, Robert Baines, Gijs Bakker, Friedrich Becker, Noam Ben–Jacov, Helen Britton, David Bielander, Frédéric Braham, Sigurd Bronger, Sebastian Buescher, Peter Chang, Bifei Cao, Giovanni Corvaja, Johanna Dahm, Georg Dobler, Andi Gut, Naomi Filmer, Nora Fok, Karl Fritsch, Sophie Hanagarth, Yasuki Hiramatsu, Mari Ishikawa, Svenja John, Wang Kezhen, Nel Linssen, Suska Mackert, Kadri Mälk, Stefano Marchetti, Sally Marsland, Bruno Martinazzi, Xavier Monclús, Mimì Moscow, Eija Mustonen, Erico Nagai, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten, Renzo Pasquale, Francesco Pavan, Ruudt Peters, Mario Pinton, Annelies Planteijdt, Katja Prins, Mah Rana, Gerd Rothmann, Jacqueline Ryan, Philip Sajet, Marjorie Schick, Karin Seufert, Peter Skubic, Vera Siemund, Janna Syvänoja, Tanel Veenre, Graziano Visintin, Lisa Walker, David Watkins, Annamaria Zanella, Christoph Zellweger, Wang Zhenghong, Petra Holscher, Inger Wästberg, Martina Dempf, Maria Cristina Bergesio, Roberta Bernabei, Maria Laura La Mantia, Shruti Agrawal, Kevin Murray, Fuchi Arata, Tasso Mattar, Sibylle Umlauf, Danni Schwaag, Erik Tidäng, Lena Jerström, Tobias Birgersson, Klara Eriksson, Petronella Eriksson, Pernilla Sylwan, Maki Okamoto, Sally Collins, Eva Franceschini, Sina Emrich, Fuchi Arata, Daniela Hedman, Mirjam Hiller, Vaishali Ashok Morjaria, Kathryn Partington, Claudia Rinneberg, Sonja Christine Seidl, Julia Walter, Daniel Di Caprio, Estela Vilanova Saez, Lisa Grassivaro, Nora Rochel, Pia Pasalk, Sharon Massey, Taisuke Nakada, Tamsin Leighton-Boyce, Melissa Cameron, Eve Cheryl, Yoshie Enda, Adam Grinovich, Monica Haneckova, Erin Keys, Sooyeon Kim, Sachiko Shouji, Sam Hamilton, Hanna Hedman, Lisa Juen, Heejoo Kim, Seul-Gi Kwon, Marie Pendariès, Elena Ruebel, Wan Hee Cho, Rob Elford, Benedikt Fischer, Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Chiara Scarpitti, Antje Stolz, Lauren Vanessa Tickle, Sang Deok Han, Jie Sun, Tithi Kutchamuch, Seoyeon Lee, Fang Jin Yeh, Qian Wang, Shachar Cohen, Xiaodai Huang, Anahita Anasseri, Ashkan Behjou, Atoosa Mokhaberi, Baharak Omidfar, Beaina Minasvand, Ghazaleh Nasseri, Mahnaz Seyed Ekhtiary, Mehrnoosh Ganji, Narges Asadinejad, Nikoo Nooriyan, Niloofar Naadi, Saiedeh Davoudi, Shahrzad Aliyari Maleki, Sharmagh Eskandarian.
 
 

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:
Exhibition  29 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017  Le Arti Orafe. End of the Year Show.
Workshop  29 May 2017 - 30 May 2017  Enjoying organic material by Tasso Mattar.
Workshop  29 May 2017 - 30 May 2017  Touch Wood by Martina Dempf.
Meeting  26 May 2017 - 27 May 2017  Lectures at PREZIOSA 2017. Florence Jewellery Week.
Exhibition  25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Solo show by Arata Fuchi.
Exhibition  25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Solo show by Sibylle Umlauf.
Exhibition  25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Contemporary jewelry works from Aria Gallery.
Exhibition  25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Preziosa Young 2017. Florence Jewellery Week.
Award  15 May 2017 - 15 Jun 2017  PREZIOSA Young Design Competition 2017.
Exhibition  18 Feb 2017 - 21 Feb 2017  Le Arti Orafe at Inhorgenta Munich 2017.
Award giving  13 Feb 2017 - 13 Feb 2017  Preziosa Young Winners 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.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  Preziosa 2006: No body decoration. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2017
Book:  Preziosa 2013. Un Certain Regard. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2013
Book:  Preziosa 2010: Dialoghi/Dialogs. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2010
Book:  Le Arti Orafe. 25th School's Anniversary Catalogue. Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2010
Book:  Preziosa 2009. Cutting the mirror. An aesthetic lexicon. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2009
Book:  Preziosa 2007-08. Timetales, Jewellery as a representation of reflections on Time. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2007
Book:  Preziosa 2005. A new concept of preciousness. Material, source of creative inspiration. Le Arti Orafe.  Le Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2005
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