Chasing & Repoussé - Sbalzo & Cesello
Repoussé (Sbalzo) is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression. Chasing (Cesello) refers to the detailing of a design from the front using smaller, specially shaped punches. The two techniques are used in conjunction to create a finished piece.
Davide Bigazzi spent his early teens as apprentice to Bino Bini, the celebrated Florentine metalsmith and sculptor. During that period Davide assisted in commissions for the Vatican, national banks, and churches. Bino passed on a chasing & repoussé legacy which Davide is committed to preserving via the hands-on workshops he teaches in the U.S. and Italy.