How did your career start?
It all began with the birth of my daughter, the most beautiful moment of my life. I was given a ring handmade by a goldsmith, who had been able to tell the emotions of my maternity journey in a striking object. Then I decided to try to walk the same path and began to study.
Where do you find inspiration?
Venice is an endless source of inspiration, the city I choose and love every single day: its architecture, its people, its canals, the water and the colours. I’m never tired of it. Also, listening to myself, to my inner feelings, while I am carving the malleable wax without any project in mind is crucial.
© Settimo Cannatella
How do you merge tradition and modernity?
The lost wax casting technique I work with is a method that has existed for a thousand years, it links me to the most ancient artistic experiences. But I also need to experiment and explore, to create a contemporary language to communicate emotions and touch people in the present and the future.
What about the future of this craft?
There is an incredible variety of artistic crafts we have to preserve and hand down. Personally, I want to plant a seed, that’s why you can see me work in my shop. I teach in schools for free, I work with my portable bench wherever they call me and I share jewellery experiences.