Duration: 4 days
Despite the striking quality of the work, this course is actually suitable for people of all skill levels.
You will be surprised at what you can achieve!
The Chasing and Repoussé technique involves sculpting the metal using a hammer and Chasing tools. It is a historic, visceral technique that allows you to create strikingly beautiful designs.
Fabrizio Acquafresca is an internationally renowned teacher, who comes from a long line of Florentine artisans. He upholds his family tradition and travels the world teaching the art of Chasing and Repoussé.
He has been working professionally in this medium for over 30 years, creating gold and silver bible covers for the Vatican and the trophy for the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix and many more notable pieces. He has shown his work in galleries throughout the world.
You will sculpt a copper plate into a dragonfly, a beautiful form specially designed by Fabrizio to teach you the core Chasing and Repoussé techniques, including how to use the tools effectively.
You will learn to work with pitch block, a hammer and handmade Chasing tools
Fabrizio will help you to refine your own design, which you bring to work on during day 2.
You will use Chasing ad Repoussé techniques to fashion your own design in your choice of silver or copper.
You will continue to refine your work.
You are given the opportunity to suit the time to your requirements. You may turn your design into a finished item, such as a plaque, name plate or cuff bracelet.
Skills you will learn:
- How to sculpt silver or copper
- How to use Chasing and Repoussé tools effectively
- How to soften and harden silver or copper
- How to transform your design into a beautiful form
- How to work with Italian pitch as a base for your metal plates
Jewellery you will create:
- A beautiful copper dragonfly plate
- A silver or copper plate, plaque or cuff bracelet, sculpted to your own design
You are welcome to purchase the metal during the course, or you may bring your own.
If you wish to purchase the metal during the course, please advise us of the size of your design far enough in advance for us to purchase it especially for you.
If you bring your own metal, please remember that the size should be the same size of your design, with at least 1cm added to every side.
You will need a piece of copper for your practice piece 12cm x 12cm by 0.5mm or 0.6mm thick. Please do not bring thicker metal or it will not work as well. We can also provide this metal for a small charge.
More information on Fabrizio and his work is available at his official website: http://www.acquafrescafirenze.com/