Maria Luigia Guidi Goldsmith

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ritratto-marialuigiaMy artistic journey began about fifteen years ago, just for fun. However, while experimenting with common materials that can be easily found such as brass, copper, glass and beads, I discovered I could create items with a unique aspect. I felt I had dexterity and imagination, but I could never have imagined that the goldsmith craft would become my job.

I enjoyed seeing how materials reacted to heat and fire, and how from a simple, metal wire a completely new object, endowed with its own life, could be created. This is how i started my interesting journey into the infinitely small world of the goldsmith’s craft, where every hand movement can be of real importance to the outcome, and where the emotional journey originates in the heart.

In 1985 I enrolled at the International School of metals in Florence, where, under the expert guidance of the Florentine artist Bino Bini and of his Japanese assistant Isako Murata, I could study the theory and practice of traditional goldsmithing. Over those three years in Florence, I studied, in depth, various techniques the art of engraving.

laboratorio1The school represented a significant period in my professional development and in my personal ethics. I learnt that a goldsmith is not only a good craftsman, but also someone of extreme reliability, since their work involves transforming precious materials into something completely new, to be worn and treasured for years. During my studies, I learned that the initial process of designing a piece of jewellery starts in the imagination and then continues with the practical application of the design. I also learned that there is a strong interaction between the various characteristics of different materials.

laboratorio2A piece of jewellery is not just the result of balance between form, weight and structure; it’s something that tells us about the artisan who made it. Above all, the artistic piece tells us about the person who wears it: as they reflect their energy and personality through the item. A jewel is an object off great affection. My craft and artistic development continued in the workshop of goldsmith Silvestri Cifarelli in Pisa, with whom I worked for four years. Under the guidance of Mrs. Adriana Cifarelli (the first female goldsmith in Pisa and one of the first women to excel in Italy in a traditionally male craft) I perfected my skills trough the challenges I faced when my creativity was confronted with the practicalities of production and trading. At present I run a stall at the Arts and Craft market in Lucca which takes place during the last week-end of every month.

The search for artistic creativity never ends, and every experience opens new doors: new pathways to be discovered with patience, consciousness and enthusiasm.