Brunella Alfinito from Italy and Segev Ben-Josef from Israel are this month’s artists.


Brunella Alfinito, corridor installation

Brunella Alfinito, corridor installation

” Sometimes things just seem bigger than they are ”



Often it’s just a projection of our minds
Thinking, thinking and thinking again….
It becomes a huge and complex shadow on our head



oppression like in enormous and grey cage





Calm down

Observe carefully in all directions: there is always a way out





Segev Ben-Josef in the window

Segev Ben-Josef in the window

I leave you here with only pictures, the words are for you to work out.










March 2015

Creating Jewellery in Resin: Free Experimentation with Cast Epoxy Resin
Teacher: Yoko Shimizu
Date:13-14-15 March 2015
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax


Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver

Yoko Shimizu, necklace, resin, silver


In this course students will learn to work with epoxy resin and will be able to experience the multiple possibilities of this material. The focus of the course will be on the use of resin in combination with metal, the casting (silicon molds), the incorporation of diverse materials (paper, wood, colour, sand..) during the polimerization process,
the possibilities of surface effects and finishings

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school


Pigments on Metal: Experimentation in Mixed Media
Teacher: Lucia Massei
Date: 20-21-22 March
cost: 400€ + VAT Tax

Lucia Massei, bracelet

Lucia Massei, bracelet

Introduction to colours/pigments and demonstration of various colouring techniques on metal:
hot acrylics, pigments and their application, resins, (mixed media), chemical thinners and adhesives. rolling mill stamping, flame gilding.
Realization of one or more coloured jewels using silver/copper/brass
Gold leaf , silver leaf, pigments, acrylics and non-precious metals
are supplied by the school.
Each student should bring his own personal tools.


Acrylic Glass: Methods for Application in Jewellery
Teacher: Marzia Rossi
Date: 27-28-29 March
Cost: 350€ + VAT Tax

ring, acrylic glass, silver, oil, stones

ring, acrylic glass, silver, oil, stones

Introduction to the techniques of working with acrilyc glass:
sawing, mat polishing, shiny polishing, 
bending with heat, application of colour, joining with glue.
Realization of one or more jewels combining metal and acrilyc. 
This course is both for beginners 
and those who  have experience in jewelry making.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

For information and enrolment contact:

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.”