FABRIZIO AQUAFRESCA - CHASING AND REPOUSSE - 6TH - 10TH JULY 2023
JULY 6TH TO 10TH 2023 (5 DAYS)
TOOL RENTAL FEE $50 - TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AFTER CLASS.
PITCH AND POT WILL BE SUPPLIED TO EACH STUDENT TO BE TAKEN HOME.
Chasing and Repousse the Italian Way.
Chasing and Repoussé with Il Maestro Acquafresca is more than a technical course about chasing and repoussé. With Il Maestro's unmatched skill in the classical Italian art and technique of "sbalzo e cesello", it is truly an experience of understanding a technique that has formed part of the artistic dynasty and lifework of the Acquafresca family, dating back to the Renaissance in Florence.
Il Maestro Acquafresca is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and skill with each student at all levels, from those who have never had any experience to the most advanced students. All of them will be able to learn to enjoy the process and improve their skills.
Over the course of five days, Il Maestro will discuss with each individual student their chosen project, providing technical and artistic guidance, allowing the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to continue independently exploring the art of chasing and repoussé. Come and see why Il Maestro's students have learned to share his joy and passion with this technique!
The course begins with an overview, how to hold and use the tools, followed by illustration and selection of the different materials.
TUITION IS NON REFUNDABLE UNLESS YOUR SPOT CAN BE FILLED BY SUBSTITUTION OR FROM THE WAITLIST.
$50 CANCELLATION FEE APPLIES TO ALL CANCELLATIONS.
Acquafresca...a name, a destiny.
Information regarding the history of Acquafresca's family dates back to the XVII century. Matteo Acquafresca (1651-1738) was a famed gunsmith from a family of illustrious fine artisans, who invented the breech-loading system, and who were patronized by the Medici. During this historic period the family made gun stocks, reaching the highest level of skill in the art of chasing on steel, and becoming renowned for some of the most artistically refined and elegant firearms ever built. A historical cycle of this art form by the Acquafresca family had begun.
Centuries later Fabrizio Acquafresca was born in Florence, Tuscany. He is the 17th generation of this family dedicated to this art. When he was 13 he started to work in his uncle’s workshop, a famous Florentine silver artisan, Brandimarte. Here, uncle “Brandi,” with love and strength, taught Acquafresca a high quality of silver craftsmanship. Acquafresca learned all of the stages, from fusion to soldering and from polishing to chasing. It was mainly in chasing and repoussé that he expressed his artistic skill at the highest level.
Acquafresca completed a large number of both chased silver, graphic art and painting shows. One of the most important was his 1995 presence at “Pavarotti & Friend International,” where he successfully showed his works. Most recently he has completed important commissions for the Vatican and the made the grand prize for the winner of the famed Palio di Siena, a horserace in Siena dating back to Medieval times.
Today, after 34 years as if by destiny, Acquafresca is considered a Maestro (Master) in the art of chasing. Maestro is the Italian word given to those distinguished by their superior skills and creativity from other craftsman. In addition, the master craftsman is the person who is dedicated to transmit knowledge of the trade, to ensure that the technical know-how of the craftsman is not lost.
Il Maestro Acquafresca is creating his own work, shares his knowledge and skills by organizing workshops all around the world and collaborate with artist Andrea Castillo designer and goldsmith in JEWEL LAB www.jewel-lab.com