There cannot be any true innovation without the knowledge of what came before. Tradition and innovation, like mind and hand, need to move together.”
 

Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence was founded in 1998 and is currently directed by Lucia Massei.

The expansive two-year BFA and MFA programs have been developed over more than a decade of experience in close collaboration with a team of international teachers and advisors, all leaders in their respective creative realms.

Alchimia’s objective is to teach students to express their creativity through contemporary jewelry, developing high-quality technical and theoretical skills. By adopting the technological developments of our time and the most experimental cultural trends, Alchimia encourages its students to enhance their talents. Its focus draws on the revision and adoption of traditional techniques and carefully selected materials combined with experimental and groundbreaking approaches to design, teaching students how to transform ideas and research paths into jewelry and design objects, and how to access the working context.

The students of Alchimia are mentored and tutored by a team of experts in jewelry, design, and the visual arts. While using their own experiences as reference, tutors affirm techniques, tendencies, and developments in the field of contemporary jewelry and propound emergences in personal creativity by offering tailored guidance and evaluation over the course of the students’ academic years.

The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified to confer European BFA and European MFA degrees by the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools.

 

MFA ACADEMIC YEAR 2020–2021

First Year

Main Tutor: Evert Nijland

Guest Lecturers: David Clarke and Beatrice Brovia

Teachers: Riccardo Lami, Sana Khalil, and Robean Visschers

Second Year

Main Tutor: Lucy Sarneel

Guest Lecturers: Beatrice Brovia and David Huycke

Teachers: Riccardo Lami, Benjamin Lignel, Lucia Massei, and Akis Goumas



RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link. 

ALCHIMIA CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY SCHOOL IN FLORENCE
ALCHIMIA CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY SCHOOL IN FLORENCE
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Alchimia
Alchimia, photo: Lorenzo Michelini
Benjamin Lignel
Benjamin Lignel, BFA1 Class, photo: Sana Khalil
BFA1 Class
BFA1 Class, photo: Sana Khalil
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016, silver and tin-plated steel, 130 x 70 x 50 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015, mixed metals, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Farview exhibition 2017
Farview exhibition 2017, photo: Lucy Clark
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013, resin, wood, silver, 90 x 50 x 60 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016, wood, iron, plastic, 400 x 200 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016, silver, shibuichi, 100 x 50 x 50 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Lucy Sarneel
Lucy Sarneel, photo: artist
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison, 2012, photo: Alchimia
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012, plaster, brass, silver, 110 x 80 x 300 mm, photo: Federico Cavicchioli
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016, hammered wood, leather, rust, acrylic, 160 x 80 x 80 mm, photo: Diana Pantea
Evert Nijland, necklace purple, 2018, silver, glass, linen, steel
Evert Nijland
Evert Nijland
ALCHIMIA CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY SCHOOL IN FLORENCE
Alchimia
Alchimia
Alchimia
Benjamin Lignel
BFA1 Class
Carla Movia, Brooch, 2016
Daria Borovkova, Rings, 2015
Farview exhibition 2017
Koen Jacobs, Brooch, 2013
Lilian Mattuschka, Necklace, 2016
Lisiane Hilario, Brooch, 2016
Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger, 2012
Lucy Sarneel
Master Class 2016 with teachers, tutor and director Patrick Davison
Patrick Davidson, Necklace, 2012
Sana Khalil, Necklace, 2016
Evert Nijland