Jewelry – Working with Wax in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/06/2020 - 06/13/2020
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,295.00
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Fred de Vos is a Dutch born, self-taught jeweler, designer and teacher. He attended Technical School in Holland at the age of 11, learned how to work in metal, and studied free hand and technical drawing.

When Fred first came to the US in the mid 60’s, he became a custom sandal maker in the West Village.  After two years, he started to experiment with some sterling silver wire and sheet, and made some jewelry.  Shortly afterwards, he was introduced to the American modernist designer, Ed Wiener, and worked with him for over two decades until his death in 1991.

18k white gold rings with palladium, paparashi pink sapphire and round diamonds by Fred de Vos

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In addition to working with Mr. Wiener, Fred taught Jewelry Design at Parson’s School of Design from the early 80’s to the early 90’s. His specialty focus was working in wax, as it still is today.  In the mid-90’s he opened his school, Fred de Vos Wax Workshops in NoHo, Manhattan. Today de Vos is still teaching about 40 students per week in his fully-equipped jewelry studio using lathes, milling machines, files and other tools.  Fred works closely with each student and guides them in realizing their design. They focus on their creative sketch or drawing and figure out together as to which might be a good approach to their piece. He then assists students in shaping the wax prototypes for their jewelry designs, which are later cast in sterling silver, gold or platinum. Students stay for many years, a number for over 10 years and several for over 20 years.

For a look at some of Fred de Vos’ students’ work checkout Instagram, Space85jewelry, or www.freddevos.com.

Create jewelry prototypes inspired by this breathtaking part of coastline on the Italian Riviera called Cinque Terre.  The heart of the Renaissance and its historic and beautiful jewelry, this area has inspired artists for centuries with its gorgeous vistas and quaint towns.

22k yellow gold ring with rough tourmalines by Fred de Vos

 

During our time in Cinque Terre we will explore ways of working without the use of an extensive studio and its machines, research library and many special tools.  Rather, we will use mostly hand tools to create the wax models or prototypes.  Upon return these will be cast into metal and worked on in the studio, sprues cut, polished and stones set.

 

 

Carved waxes, ready to be cast.

Students will be encouraged to sketch or draw their ideas and designs, preferably 3 views: top, front and side.  I will spend time with each student, figuring out and demonstrating different approaches to explore their designs. We will work from these drawings to plan out how best to approach each step involved in realizing a three-dimensional piece of jewelry.  Our medium in this process will begin in hard green wax, such as Ferris File-A-Wax or Matt Carving Wax Tablets.  Various hand tools will be used; a partial list is below.

 

18k gold rings, pink, yellow and white gold by Fred de Vos

 

Each student is responsible to bring their own tools.  I will bring some additional small tools and wax which the students may use during the week.  In addition, I will supply a 220 Volt Flex Shaft and a 220 Volt Wax Machine for my students to use.

 

 

 


The beach at Monterosso

Supplies List

• Jeweler’s saw frame
• Magnifier if needed
• Wax blades
• Aluminum ring mandrel
• Files, #2 crossing, #2 barrette, both 20 cm long
• Felt sticks, small and large
• Dental carvers
• Scriber
• Small metric ruler
• Assorted small burs, shaft 2.3 mm


Additional Activities: Our daily classes will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • train pass to visit other towns (Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia)
  • boat trip to get inspiration from the sea
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • pick up in Florence on the first day

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of the area.  Wine is included in all meals.  Lunches and 2 dinners will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the  European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour.


Price: $3,295 p/p based on double occupancy; $2,995 for non-participant partners

Cinque Terra Vernazza Church by Susan Blackwood

Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room – limited availability
  • $250 p/p for room with terrace and Jacuzzi

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles/suite available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip

Pick up from Florence train station on arrival day (on the departure day we do not return the group to Florence, as many people will want to go off in other directions.  There is a convenient train station in the center of Monterosso that connects with every major line in Italy.)


Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.

Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a detailed supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by April 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Cabana-5 TerreOur small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees that they have cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms that have been recently refurbished with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.

Cabana roomThe 9 rooms are furnished with antiques, parquet floors, curtains, and finishes intended to frame the unparalleled panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence with wonderful vistas and gardens to paint.  Our group will take over the entire hotel for the week.

To get down to Monterosso you can take advantage of their free shuttle service or, if you are up for it,  walking down is not difficult and takes less than ten minutes. It’s a nice walk down that offers beautiful panoramic views. On the descent, you will pass the ancient 11th century castle (today houses the cemetery of the village) and wind through olive trees until you reach the historical center of town. Coming back up, the shuttle might be a good idea!

For more information, visit their web site:  http://www.lacabanacinqueterre.com/en/index.php

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Breakfast room

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Reception

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Entrance to La Cabana

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Garden overlooking the town

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The terrace

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View from the terrace

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La Cabana shuttle

The Cinque Terre are in the section of Italy known as Liguria on the western coast.  The main city of Liguria is Genova.  These 5 towns were traditional fishing villages, cut off from the mainland by a steep range of mountains.  For centuries they were only accessible by the sea.

For our program, we will meet the group in Florence on the first day.  From there a private bus will take the group to our hotel in Monterosso-al-Mare.

To visit the town from our hotel there is a regular shuttle bus.  The towns are small with narrow roads, so the shuttle will leave us off in the newer section, then we will walk through a short tunnel to the historic center of town where most of the shops and restaurants are located.

To go between towns (Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia or Rio Maggiore) there are local trains connecting all of them.

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5 Terre fishing boat, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food:  Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. Epic porcini mushrooms are presented in a wooden box for you to chose for grilling with olive oil and garlic.

AHoltzman-photo 2  AHoltzman-Seaside Restaurant