TEXTURES OF TUSCANY 2017
June 26 - July 2 :: July 17- 23
Come“apprentice” in the art of ancient metalworking techniques with Florentine master Davide Bigazzi in his native Tuscany. Learn chasing, repoussé, and tool-making in an intimate and inspirational setting in Pian Di Sco, a small village in the Chianti hills just south of Florence. The workshop, held in his Tuscan studio, will offer students the chance to study one-on-one with Davide and learn about the land that inspires his designs. Students stay in a rustic Italian farmhouse and feast together daily. The course also includes a day trip to Florence to see works by Benvenuto Cellini and other Italian master metalsmiths and sculptors. Both beginners and experienced students are welcome!
SUMMER 2017 WORKSHOP DETAILS:
The workshop includes:
- 35 hours of individualized instruction
- Limited enrollment :: 6 students
- 6 nights in a rustic country farmhouse, double or single occupancy
- Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included – Homemade Tuscan cuisine!!
- Transportation from Florence train station to Pian Di Sco’ and return
- Transportation to Florence to visit the Museo degli Argenti
- Use of tools and studio space
The workshop does not include:
- Airfare to Florence, Italy
- Meal/s in Florence
THE WORKSHOP : : LA BOTTEGA
Class size is limited to six students to allow maximum interaction between student and instructor. During this intensive, hands-on workshop, students will develop basic to advanced skills in chasing and repousse. Each lesson will offer an informal lecture covering Italian culture, traditions, and silversmithing history. Various other traditional techniques will also be incorporated with the goal of developing a completed jewelry or hollowware piece. Personal expression and individual artistic design will be highly encouraged. Students will also learn to forge, harden, and temper high quality chasing tools. Copper sheet will be supplied and sterling silver will be available for purchase.
FLORENCE :: FIRENZE
Every summer Davide returns to Florence, city of Renaissance splendor, to reconnect with his cultural and artistic heritage. The workshop includes a guided day trip to Florence to see works by Benvenuto Cellini and other Italian master metalsmiths and sculptors. Private transportation and entrance fee to the Museo degli Argenti (The Medici Treasury Museum) are included.
Breakfast and dinner will be served at the farmhouse on this day. Participants will be free to explore and eat in Florence in the afternoon. Comfortable shoes will be a must for this jaunt in the city.
THE ACCOMODATIONS & MEALS :: ALLOGIO & PASTI
Lodging is arranged in a comfortable century old farmhouse that reflects the character of Tuscany. Immersed in nature, the farmhouse offers a creative, spiritual home for students. A large garden with panoramic views of olive groves, grapevines, and the rolling Tuscan hills is perfect for relaxing and encouraging creativity. It’s just a short walk to Davide’s bottega and the town center.
Homemade fresh-from-the-farm Tuscan cuisine will be prepared daily. Italians regard food not just as a necessity but also as an important ingredient of life. Meals are generous and enjoyed leisurely with wine and conversation.
The price of the workshop package starts at $2,875. Single & double occupancy rooms are available in private and shared apartments on a first-come, first-served basis.
Note: Price is all inclusive to accommodate workshop participants. Please inquire about accommodation for non-participating travel companions.
For more information contact Davide & Elisa Bigazzi at email@example.com
Davide's patience and generosity are limitless and I left with skills and confidence to now work on my own projects. Christina's cooking made it a true Tuscan gastronomic journey too. It's worth every penny for a unique opportunity to learn from a master, to develop lifelong memories and the opportunity to make new friends.
S.P. - Ireland
Just finished the chasing and repoussé workshop in Tuscany, and loved it! It was a fantastic experience. Davide is a true master, I learned so much, and had a lot of fun. Combined with a weekend in Florence, it was the perfect adventure.
-Hege N.- Tx. U.S.A.
It was a privilege and a pleasure to spend a week doing what I love under the instruction of Davide Bigazzi. My experience in Italy is one that I will never forget! Working on my art project in Davide's studio in Tuscany was truly a dream come true. Delicious home cooked meals were made for us, and friendships were made.
-Jamie S. - Ca. U.S.A.
This workshop is fantastic. I have taken classes and a workshop with Davide, and as usual, it was beyond my expectations. The food was beyond fabulous and the friends I met will last a lifetime. We all shared a wonderful experience. One I will treasure always.
-Colleen O. - Ca. U.S.A.
Wow! What a fantastic week. The workshop was great! Learned more than I thought I could. The end result was the piece I dreamed of. The food was outstanding. There wasn't a moment that could be changed!
-Leani - Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, delicious food, & fantastic tutoring. The week spent with you & my new friends in Tuscany was a highlight of my four month trip to Europe.
-Anna D. - Melbourne, Australia
"Davide is not only a master artisan, he is a superb teacher! Under his patient and compassionate supervision, I, a person with no previous experience in metalwork, was able to master a number of skills and produce a piece of work that gives me pride and satisfaction. My experience in the Tuscany workshop has opened a whole new world of future possibilities for artistic expression."
-Norma C. - California, U.S.A.
It really was a dream come true for me to be working with silver under the guidance of a master smith, and to see and feel the metal bend, grow, and take shape in response to my efforts. The atmosphere you provided combined challenge and comfort, humor and hard work. Your kindness, warmth, and generosity are some of the intangibles that made this learning experience so positive for all of us, and I thank you for all you have done to introduce me to the silversmith's craft and to the traditions of Tuscany.
-William K. AKA "Guillermo No Formaggio"
It was a magical experience. Not only to study with such a creative, caring, and patient master, but also to stroll the lanes of Tuscany and partake some of the most delicious food with such lovely and charming people. I can’t thank you enough!
- Robin Welles – Palo Alto, California
We had so much fun!(and learned alot too!) This was, without doubt, the best workshop I have taken. Davide is clearly a master of the metal and technique and was generous in sharing his skills with us. For me, taking a workshop away from home was perfect-I didn't have to pack up my tools from my studio to take somewhere else, which forced me to work at Davide's studio and therefore,he was able to watch my technique and correct me on the spot. The days went by so fast! And ,of course, I can't say enough about how appreciative Iwas of Stefania's cooking and preparing special treats for me with all my dietary restrictions. I certainly couldn't have enjoyed the local cuisine without her! The meals were all delicious and the company was great. I don't remember ever laughing so much! What a great experience!
-Lori - Baltimore, MD
The workshop was absolutely a wonderful experience: -Davide is an excellent teacher, very patient, caring, has great attention to detail, good sense of humor… -Elisa is on top of things always... very good at getting all the organization done and taking care of things in general. -The farmhouse is relaxing and is in a wonderful setting. -Renato, Franco, Stephania..what a sincere and charming group of people. Stefania made each meal a feast… something to look forward to in great excitement…
-Alev - Foster City, CA
This was my third workshop with Davide and my second trip to Italy for the week long Tuscany workshop.The small class size and the support and expertise from Davide are excellent. He encourages me to stretch my developing skills at just the right level while helping me succeed so I leave with successfully completed pieces I can be proud of. The workshop in Tuscany is a special experience with total immersion in the art.
-Dianne - Warrenville, IL