Sensei Kimiaki Kageyama back to Alchimia

Kimiaki Kageyama one of the most important Japanese master goldsmiths will introduce Japanese copper alloys and their colouring.

Date: July 20 to July 25 2015
Cost: 850€ + VAT 22%

This years program includes:

1. How to make the copper alloy
2. How to color the copper alloy
3.How to make engraving tools and inlay tools


Sensei Kageyama at work in Alchimia summer 2014

Sensei Kageyama at work in Alchimia summer 2014

In Japan coloring metals has been experimented since the 4th-5th century. Direct colouring began during the Heian period (794-1185) but is during the Muromachi period that the development of copper alloys suitable for colouring flourished.

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During the course the alloys will be produced in traditional and students can select different alloys suitable to their personal projects. Special technical issues and tools will be introduced during various stages of the working process.




Special focus will be set on finishings, as polishing with particular charcoals and colouring.

Kimiaki Kageyama, two brooches

Kimiaki Kageyama, two brooches


Sensei Kageyama with his students summer 2014

Sensei Kageyama with his students summer 2014




Its the third year now that Gabi Veit and Anja Eichler curate and organise an exhibition for Schmuck in the bowling alley.

This years program is the following:

Title: Bowling for Success

Artists: Andrea Coderch Valor, Anja Eichler, Beate Eismann, Silke Spitzer, Gabi Veit, Zindzi Wijminga

About the exhibition:

Success – who doesn’t seek for it? But what is needed? Talent – for sure. Action – certainly. But also – luck!

Try it yourself and participate in our exhibition! If you succeed you will take home a jewel made by one of the artists.

Additional works of each artist will be on show and for sale.

Exhibition concept and organization: Anja Eichler & Gabi Veit

Location: the Bowling Alley at the ‘Theresa’ Restaurant , Theresienstraße 29, 80333 München

Dates and time: 12.–14.03.2015
Thursday  11 am–5 pm
Friday       11 am–5 pm
Saturday  10 am–1 pm




A year has passed, the contemporary jewellery community realises it when the ‘Schmuck in München’ program is out. All kinds of invitations arrive and tell about almost uncountable events. Impossible to see them all during these 3/4 hectic days.

Question is, how to select?
There are various possibilities: 1. Just try to go to the openings  (area selection, what is possible because near to each other) so you can meet friends and eat and drink for free (won’t see much of the jewellery, but events like this are also important for personal PR work)
2. select the exhibitions of the artists you know personally to see what they are up to
3. listen to advices from friends or professors
4. just go to the big things with big names
5. random selection with closed eyes

Well after this introduction there you go with the Alchimia selection, and of course we choose only Alchimia students, teachers and alumni. (there needs to be some kind of ‘patriotism’)


First and most important, the strangest (I am pretty sure about this) exhibition of and about jewellery you might have ever seen.

So don’t miss it!!!!



17.00  Friday 13 March 2015

Opening times

Thursday 12/3 to Sunday 15/3/2015, 12.00 to 20.00

LOT62 with 84GHz

Schleißheimerstraße 62, 80333 München




Objects, Continued-  From My Microwave With Love.


Enrica Prazzoli


Strange machines travelling through time; made a long time ago but only a few weeks old.

Just because we can see their inner mechanism it doesn’t mean we understand what they are supposed to do, any more than we understand what’s going on inside a computer chip. Someone made them, someone has to use them. By themselves they don’t move; they do not solve problems, nor create them.

Why are these objects here, now? They started appearing in my microwave, in September 2013.

I started collecting the things and trying to find a sense to this all. Some pieces worked by themselves, some others were components of a bigger whole; some parts are apparently missing.

I get a glimpse of the person that is doing this, but I cannot communicate with her (travelling forward in time is easy, we all do that, one minute every sixty seconds; but travelling backwards is not).

By trying to make sense of a past that could have been, I think about how different the things we interact with everyday would be; and how similar the reactions.

There’s a fine line between brilliant and lunatic; determined and deluded.


Just a sneak peak of what you might find there!!!!

device3 scatola copy (721x800)


To be continued with further advice…………


See you in Munich!!!!!


Patrick Davison

Mixed-Metal Techniques

July 6-10, 2015


Patrick Davison in his workshop in London

Patrick Davison in his workshop in Kent

This workshop will be focused on the amazing mixed -metal techniques, that Patrick Davison is using in his own work.

The process will be studied in depth to explore its structure and follow the evolution in order to arrive to new and surprising combinations and patterns.

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

By preparing special metal alloys and their specific solder as well as using familiar metals such as Silver, Brass or Copper, a vast range of combinations will be explored.  By the end of the workshop each student should have made his/her piece of jewelry in this magnificent technique.

The duration of the course is 5 days and 30 hours, the cost is 700€ + 22% Vat tax


Patrick Davison, Jar

Patrick Davison, Jar

This is Patrick’s second workshop in Alchimia. The first one part of the Alchimia MFA program was a great success and the students were enthusiastic about Patrick’s endless patience and passion.

Patrick Davison studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence. After graduation he returned to Kent in England and set up his workshop where he continues to work. He began to develop his own work exploring a variety of gold and silversmithing techniques and complimenting this personal practice with work in jewellery workshops.

Patrick Davison, plate

Patrick Davison, plate

Patrick currently works part time for Award winning Goldsmith Jesper Velling and as  technician at the Royal College of Art in London.
His work has been shown at Design Miami/Basel in 2014 and 2015 with Galleria Antonella Villanova.

detail of plate

detail of plate

One time during the school year the master  and third year BFA students are asked to make an installation in the Alchimia window or corridor in relation to their work in jewellery. It is not an easy but a very stimulating and inspiring task, to change the scale of work taking into consideration a space, the use of it, its restriction and its possibilities.

Window installatin by Chumeng Weng


“Food, art and music are three universal languages when words fail. I used rice to tell the story since it is one of the most fundamental things related to Chinese culture. Stories of our origins that make us proud of who we are evolve around it. It is the most common agricultural product that feed 1.3 billon people for almost three times a day. It is also one of the few things I miss a lot when living in Florence. Even though they’ve got a great deal of selection on rice it never tastes the same.”


“In this makeshift ‘dining room’, I’m evoking a sense of nostalgia while juggling with a new lifestyle. It is a somewhat alienating and lonely process to get used to everything however I’m feeling quite comfortable since there are still pieces of old me from home that remain intact. Let alone the excitement of living and studying in a foreign country, miscellaneous fine tuning awaits. Adjustments as tiny as jet lacks to bigger challenges such as learning another language take time and efforts. Everybody has their own interpretation for the changes, I’m just lucky to get a window and share my feelings with the others.”

Corridor installation by Lumy Nouguez


“Darkness, light, shadows, colors, textures, heights can completely transform the perception we have from a place we already know. With this installation I wanted to create an opposite sensation of this white, simple, high and illuminated corridor for a mysterious, heavy, creepy and dark environment, which was a challenge for me because I was going against all I would usually design.”


“The process of my project now is about working on things that I have never worked on before, not thinking too much, letting it go and learning how to go out of the comfort zone. This process gets me to discover things that I did not know of myself or that I didn’t know I would be capable of doing.  I decided to just let go and keep experimenting with this weird, creepy and unknown path and see where it will take me.”


Does this look like a museum ?


We had the opportunity to contribute in a spectacular event hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi, and curated by Riccardo Lami, who is as well our precious teacher of History of Contemporary Art.

Students of the third year and the first year of masters, had the chance to collaborate in almost every detail of this ‘happening’, by building up the space, performing, dancing, and spreading their energy around, guided by the Artist Collective from New York CHERYL.


CHERYL introducing their work

The Cheryl Collective works in ironical and provocative ways, criticizing society, art and contemporary culture.

The concept of this one night event was to completely undermine the idea of museum, and instead of admiring silently and with awe distant works of art have real things HAPPENING.



A lot of work to be done, only three days to prepare everything and to get ready to perform.



Creating a whole set for the DJ was something that we loved making.

Cameraman Segev

Cameraman Segev

In other terms it was all about collaborating and interacting, everything is accessible to everyone, nothing  no distance to anything, destroying the classical idea of what is art in a museum and be……….



some fun times were a necessity after the hard work

ready to hit the floor

ready to hit the floor

Rehearsing for the dance everywhere, the whole entire day, making sure not to make any mistake.


waiting for the doors to open

The experience was really interesting and very satisfying, especially after seeing the reactions of more or less 2000 visitors in just one night.

someone actually tried to eat the 4 days old pizza that was exhibited

someone actually tried to eat the 4 days old pizza that was exhibited

People actually felt free, they were expressing there emotions, ideas all over the place. trying any sort of material that they finding in the space, even writing slogans on the walls with the CHERYL’s special mix of fake blood, although it was not part of the plan.

people feeling free to write on the walls

people feeling free to write on the walls

The costumes disappeared, people were really creative in making a new look.

selfie station

selfie station

New or maybe not so new questions raised in our minds, the definition of what is Contemporary Art, and what are its boundaries, were the main ones that we wanted to ask others and ourselves.

Is there one answer?

Alchimia students

Alchimia students





Course in textile techniques in metal
Date: from Friday 30.January to Sunday 1.February


It is amazing how many things can be made with just a hook and a thread.

Daina Taimina, hyperbolic planes

Daina Taimina, hyperbolic planes

Daina Taimina is a mathematician and she uses the art of crochet to create a strong, durable model of hyperbolic planes.

In the weekend course at Alchimia we will use crochet to create beautiful, light, and stunning jewelry.

doris maninger, necklace, detail, iron and silver

doris maninger, necklace, detail, iron and silver

The course will start on Friday 30.January and will end on Sunday 1.February. 15 hours of experimenting with a hook and all types of different metal thread.
The course will be taught by Doris Maninger, director of Alchimia who has been working with textile for more than 30 years.

Doris Maninger with her loom, about 20 years ago

Doris Maninger with her loom, about 20 years ago

“The amazing thing about working with thread is on the one hand that you need almost no tools (proved wrong when we look at the picture above) and that the work is in a way never ending.”
It can be continuously changed, it is an endless work in progress.

Doris Maninger, necklace, Ephemeral falling

Doris Maninger, necklace, Ephemeral falling, electroformed silver, iron wire

In the course we will learn the basic stitches of crochet with different metal wires: from iron to copper, silver and also brass
working with metal is very different from yarn, on the one hand it is easier, you cannot lose loops on the other hand it is much harder being metal not as soft as yarn.

brooch, copper

Doris Maninger, exercise brooch, copper

We will also work on finishings and inserts of other materials and I will try to make everybody understand the enormous variety of application this technique offers.

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Doris Maninger, necklace detail, iron, silver


“It is a work which not everybody might like doing”, Maninger says, “it needs a lot of patience and focus, but if you start it and like it then it will open up worlds for you.”

Arline Fish, creatures of the Deep, coated copper wire, crochet

Arline Fish, creatures of the Deep, coated copper wire, crochet

Doris Maninger has been working with textile since the 1970ies, sawing, weaving embroidery in yarns and later on also in metal.
“Metal wire is very specific it needs different treatments and working methods than textile threads. Almost every textile technique can be carried out in metal wire but one must know the tricks to do it well. There are lots of books about the subject and the best one is surely “Textile Techniques in Metal” by Arline Fish. When I started to work in metal, I bought the book and tried by myself. I succeeded quite well, but the work did not have the quality I was striving for. It was not unless I started doing workshops with Arline Fish, (she was a wonderful teacher) that I really understood metal wire and how to approach it.”

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Doris Maninger, detail of necklace, different stitches in hollow forms iron, silver


Works in metal wire are very seductive, with wonderful movement in chains and necklaces, there is something mysterious and luscious in their substance.


object in iron with different inserts, work in progress

My preferred material is iron, its color and its strength give me the possibilities to make also big sculptural objects, but I work also a lot with silver.


Doris Maninger, ephemeral series, electroformed silver, iron wire


“I think this course will bring benefit also to those who already work with metal wire because my vast experience and my love and passion for this craft can give a lot of new inputs and outlooks”

Doris Maninger



Doris Maninger, exercise necklace, copper, fine silver, iron