Monica Branstrom Studio

Metalsmiths in Florence

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Fall 2019

“Prong Setting Faceted stones with Wire and Sheet”

September 22-29, 2019

September 29-Oct 6,2019

SPRING 2020

"Prong Setting Faceted stones with Wire and Sheet"

May 9-16

May 16-23

Grab your passport and join other metalsmiths for the next Metalsmiths in Florence workshop!

Spend a week learning about gold from a master Florentine goldsmith, Privately tour the amazing opera del duomo museum, taste world renown wines in chianti, and eat spectacular food... 

Florence, italy

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic Florentine culture, savor fresh cuisine, taste Tuscan wine. Explore the wonders of Florence with its renaissance architecture, world famous art, and stunning scenery.

 
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Workshop space

Learn from a master Florentine goldsmith and acquire the skills to confidently use gold in your jewelry designs. We work in a fully equipped jewelry studio full of light and space. Located in the heart of the artisan district of Florence, just steps from Piazza Santo Spirito.

Accommodations

This charming former residence of an ancient fourteenth century family is situated in Florence near the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, and Santo Spirito. A quiet area of the city center, in the heart of one of the traditional Florentine quarters rich in artisan shops, antique shops, and typical restaurants. An excellent starting point to visit the city but also to breathe in the Renaissance atmosphere. All of the apartments of the residence have been recently restored and particular attention has been paid to architectural details and a mix of modern and antique furniture. Each apartment is different and all have fully equipped kitchenettes and dining areas in each. You will feel comfortable knowing that you can shop the local food markets and choose to eat in or go out to a local eatery to experience the amazing Tuscan fare. Please kindly note, there is no elevator.


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Opera del duomo museum

This is not your usual tour. We have an expert private guide to take just the six of us through the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Standing in front of famous works of art that you have only seen in books is a priceless experience.

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Wine tasting tour in chianti

This day we adventure into the region of Chianti, otherwise known as the Tuscan wine country. We learn how to taste wine at both of the wineries we visit, one of them being a 12th century castle!


What’s included:

7 nights accommodation in a frescoed 14th century palazzo

5 days of workshop instruction from a master Florentine goldsmith

5 lunches

3 dinners

Materials Kit (all metals needed for project)

Privately guided museum tour

Privately guided wine tasting tour

All gratuities and taxes

...and a couple of other fun surprises

Not included : Airfare, breakfasts, 4 dinners, anything else not stated as included.

Cost:

$3850 - Double occupancy (shared room/bath in apartment)

$4375 - Single occupancy (own room/bath in apartment) Limited availability.

$2270 - Non Metalsmith Partner (includes everything except workshop and lunches. Limited availability.

sample schedule

Sunday

2pm - Check in to Palazzo,

6pm - Orientation meet-up aperitivo

7:30 - Dinner

Daily schedule Monday - Friday*

9am - 12:30pm Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-4pm Workshop or Free time

*(Except on Tuesday and Thursday when we leave the studio early for the museum tour and the wine tasting tour.)

Optional activities: Go see the statue of David on Wednesday, and an “Sunset aperitivo on the steps” Friday.

Last Day - Check out of Palazzo by 10am