Cold Connections

A summer course with Giampaolo Babetto

July 4 to 8, 2016

Alchimia is happy to present Cold Connections, a workshop by Giampaolo Babetto, returning to the school after several years. One of the most prominent Italian jewelry artists of our time and particularly known for his pieces in elastic hammered sheet gold, he will give a five-days workshop focusing on how to animate metal and create forms with only one tool: the hammer. In this short time-frame participants will learn how to realize bracelets like his famous pieces in the photos below, by only using cold connections.

Giampaolo Babetto was born in Padua (Italy) in 1947. He studied at the Pietro Selvatico Art Institute in Padua and at the Academy of Belle Arti in Venice. Since 1967 he exhibited his work in museums and galleries of the world, including in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Japan, and the USA. His works are in the permanent collections of many important museums including the Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munchen; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Musee des Art Decoratives, Paris; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Museo degli Argenti, Firenze; Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among the others. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Award, Vicenza (2012); the RISD New York Athena Awards for excellent career, Providence (2003); “Ring of Honour” Foundation of the Ring of Honour of the Association of Goldsmiths, Hanau (1998); Herbert Hoffmann Preis, Munchen (1985 and 1975); the Grand Prix, Japan Jewellery Design Association, Tokyo (1983). He lives and works in Arquà Petrarca (Padua).


Bracelet, 1988, yellow gold


Bracelet, 1991, yellow gold, pigment


Bracelet, 1996, white gold, Niello

Bracelet, 1996, white gold, Niello


Bracelet, 2007, yellow gold, Niello

Practical Information

From July 4 to 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

30 hours in total

Cost: 800 euro + 22% VAT

Deadline for enrollment: May 31, 2016


For further information please write to the school office at



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