Schedule: 20-24 February 2023 from Monday to Friday: 9-13*14-16
Tuition: 900 €, Deposit to be paid to secure the place: 300 €
INTRODUCTION & PROGRAM:
This seminar is practical and focuses on the methodology of investigation, spanning from the tool marks to the tool making, from the handling of the tool to its usage and from learning the body movement to the gesture and the experimentation of the techniques. It is a journey of understanding what is behind the techniques.
The participants will experience the excavation feeling on a small scale (see program) . They will trace the tool marks on the surface of the materials and try to identify the form of the tool. They will play with copper and they will understand the importance of fire to the development of the metal techniques. For this purpose, The teacher will show them the methodology to understand the raising of metal by hammering on the anvil (synclastic technique) . Using this technique they will form their copper lamp.
At the next stage, they will understand the importance of the fire and the usage of their breath to control the flame.By learning how to manage the flame they will understand the method of annealing a thin strip of silver or making the granules.
At the final stage, they will try to make wire out of thin strips of silver, they will use copper salts to join the granules together, and make groups without base metal.
The workshop will be completed by composing these two techniques to make a final jewel.
Materials: the participants should have a small sheet of pure silver (0,5 mm in thickness and about 5 cm X 10 cm in size ).
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About Akis Goumas:
Akis is a contemporary jewellery maker and researcher mainly in ancient goldsmithing techniques of the Aegean region. He was born in Greece and he lives in a suburb near Athens, were he has his workshop . He is a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts . Since 1989 and for more than 15 years he was the designer for ONAR S.A. (jewellery and object company ). From 2000 up to now he teaches at Chalkis Jewelry school, creative jewellery. In the last 15 years, he has participated in more than 25 exhibitions in Greece and European countries. Since 2017 he collaborates with ALCHIMIA contemporary jewellery school in Florence as a visiting teacher. Since 2006 he is a member of a team of archaeologists studying and researching 1st .prehistoric metal technologies of the Aegean region, collaborating with the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Museum of Cycladic Art,2nd. Hellenistic gold smithing techniques with the Benaki Museum and 3rd Minoan sealstone engraving with the University of Heidelberg. His late work is very much influenced by this research and some of them belong to private or museum collections.