In her space next to the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, the jewellery maker Valeria Sacchi offers the chance to handcraft a jewel by means of the lost-wax casting technique, an ancient method also used by the Greeks, the Romans and the Etruscans. The workshop is addressed to anyone from ten years old who is interested in creating an unique piece following their own desires, imagination, feelings. During a two-hour private lesson, Valeria will show how to model the malleable wax and shape the object that will be cast in metal. She will stand by the student, who will experiment on her bench.
Taking the ancient lost-wax casting technique into futureAfter working for years in her family jewellery shop, opened in Piazza San Marco by her grandfather Icilio Boncompagni in the 1920s, Valeria Sacchi felt the need to handcraft jewels. It all began at her daughter’s birth, the most beautiful moment of her life. Valeria was given a ring – handmade by a goldsmith – which somehow manged to convey the emotion of becoming a mother in a simple but beautiful object. So she decided to try too and began to learn. Thanks to her previous artistic training, she could turn to a very ancient technique, the lost wax casting, and opened a space of her own, named “Valeria”. Now in her studio and shop, Valeria creates unique pieces – many of them wearable micro sculptures – using silver, gold, bronze, coral, hard and precious stones, experimenting and imagining new shapes: her aim is developing a contemporary language to communicate emotions and touch people in the present and the future.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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