18 December 2008
The Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel, Context Florence and the Arti Orafe school of Florence are very proud to announce the first recipient of our scholarship which will promote the culture of artisan workmanship in the city.
The scholarship covers the cost of a specialized etching course at the Arti Orafe school and will also include an internship at the workshop of Giuliano Ricchi, specialized in the creation of small silver goods. The lucky recipient is Negar Azhar Azari, a Florentine native of Iranian heritage, whose masterful jewelry creations impressed the panel of judges (see below for some samples). Negar will begin the etching course and internship in late January. Clients participating in Context Florence’s Oltrarno Artisans walk in the Spring might have the opportunity to personally meet Negar during the course of the walk, since we always visit the Ricchi workshop, and see what she is working on. Look out for updates on this blog soon. Congratulations Negar!
Context is sponsoring this scholarship in conjunction with Le Arti Orafe school of Florence, one of the leading jewelry-design schools in the city. The school, founded in 1985 by jewelry designer Giò Carbone in the heart of the Oltrarno neighborhood, offers courses in jewelry design, creation, stone setting and engraving. They also host a yearly exhibit in Lucca, Lucca Preziosa, which celebrates contemporary jewelry design. For more information about the school, please visit their website.