Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry was founded in October 2010 at the initiative of the Romanian designer David Sandu. In the absence of institutions to specifically target the jewelry learning at a professional level, Assamblage laid the foundation of a new generation of contemporary jewelry designers and authors, rising to international standards.
The shift from mere curiosity for jewelry to practicing it at a professional level requires continuous learning and practice. Assamblage offers intensive courses to meet the diverse needs and interests of the students - from introductory courses for those who have no previous experience in working with metal and gems, to themed workshops targeting specific working techniques.
Over the past eight years, Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry held over 180 training sessions, thus becoming a foundation and a strong reference point in the development of design jewelry in Romania. With over 600 alumni, Assamblage helped creating a cohesive community of artists who have achieved and accumulated technical and conceptual notions for their assertion as individual designers.
David Sandu founded Assamblage, the School of Contemporary Jewelry in 2010. He began working at the age of 13 and had generous teachers which taught him the professional secrets of jewelry. That's the reason why founding a school of jewelry comes as an exciting but normal step in his career and personal life. Graduate of the Academy of Art in Bucharest, David Sandu is a renowned designer of contemporary jewelry and has had numerous exhibitions both in Romania and abroad. He is the first Romanian artist to participate in the prestigious jewelry fair Inhorgenta from Munich, Germany, and was awarded the title of Official Supplier of the Royal House of Romania. By founding Assamblage, the designer added a pedagogical aspect to his evolution, teaching those who want to learn the art of jewelry.
Lecturer at Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry since 2011. Andreia Popescu graduated the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, but her passion for the creative urged her to give up her field of education. In 1999, she founded a design firm and started producing her own clothing line. After completing several courses at Assamblage, she became a lecturer and developed onward as an independent jewelry designer.
International and national events: AUTOR ( 2011-2018), Marche de Noel (2011-2016), Jewelry Design Fair (2013, 2014), ProjectA Fair (2013, 2014, 2015), BDC (2014 Austria - Romania Exhibition), ARTISTAR - Milano (2014-2018), HOMI Fiesta - Milano (2016), London Fashion Week (International Fashion Showcase, Feb. 2016), Bruxelles, Bozar (Oct 2016), Muzeul de Arta Contemporana, Cluj (2016), Institutul Cultural Roman (2016), Romanian Design Week (2016-2018), Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei (2016, 2017), Vilnius, Metalofonas – The 3rd International Biennial of Contemporary Metal Art, CAC and AV17 Gallery (Oct. 2016), Prague Design and Fashion Week (2016, 2017), Milano Fashion Week (2017, 2018), Pole Bijou Galerie, France (2018).
Alis Lalu graduated the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and worked for six years in this line of business. Curiosity for jewelry turned into a passion, so in 2011 she graduated the Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry and established her own studio. Besides the development as a jewelry designer, Alis lectured evening and week-end courses at Assamblage.
Although she has been making jewelry since childhood, Alina Carp began to exhibit her creations publicly since 2005. She participated in individual and group exhibitions, and also in fairs and other contemporary jewelry events. In 2011, after years of self study and experimentation with various materials, she began the courses at Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry, under the direction of David Sandu. Alina completed her studies in parallel at Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, where she had as teachers Daniela Boieri, Marzia Rosi, Yoko Shimizu, Ruudt Peters and Lucia Massei. Since June 2013, Alina joined Assamblage Carp, with her own resin jewelry workshop.
In 2007 Izabella Petrut graduated BA University of Arts and Design Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design, specializing in design, and in 2009 graduated MA from the same university. Between 2009-2012 she participated in workshops held by David Sandu, Yoko Shimitzu and Marzia Rossi, Ruudt Peters, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Heather White, Lucia Massei and Christoph Zelwegher.
Izabella graduated in June 2012 the Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy, under the guidance of Professor Ruudt Peters.
Currently Izabella is part of the Vienna Stoss im Himmel, where she works as an individual jewelry designer.
Born June 14, 1990 in Targu Mures, Diana Pantea attended the courses of Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism from Bucharest.
She also participated in courses organized at the Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelery (2012 and 2013), under the guidance of David Sandu.
These studies continued during 2013-2016 at the Alchimia Contemporary Jewelery School in Florence, Italy, where Diana was awarded the Year Award in 2014 and 2016. Here Diana studied under the guidance of Professors Doris Maninger, Lucia Massei and Peter Bauhuis and participated in workshops supported by Daniela Boieri, Yoko Shimizu, Daniela Malev, Christoph Zellweger, Patrick Davison and Fabrizio Aquafresca.
Her works were chosen in 2016 by the Marzee Gallery to be exhibited at the annual exhibition of contemporary school graduates from all over the world.
In 2017, Diana Pantea returned to Assamblage, this time as a Teaching Assistant at the Joint Workshop and Closure Workshop. She is currently working on the development of contemporary art jewelery projects and the deepening of the history of jewelery.
Titus Razvan Popa
With more than 15 exhibitions in Romania and abroad, Titus Razvan Popa, combines in a new way materials that at first glance are difficult to combine, especially ceramic with metal. The works, inspired by old cultures, brought to modernity, are approached with classical techniques, be it jewelery, ceramics or metal.
Titus Razvan Popa, graduated from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, the ceramics section, now being a master in the metal section.
The theme tackled at Masters Courses is the recreation of weapons and jewelery, either by the battle or ceremonial of the Nephilim.
After completing several courses in Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry, in 2017, he joined the school's teaching team as Assistant for the Wax classes.
He is a trainee member of the Union of Plastic Artists in Romania and a member of the Order of Dental Technicians in Romania.
Valentina graduated from the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations Master SNSPA and is currently studying at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies, specializing in organizing events and promoting cultural and artistic activities.
She began working at Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry in 2011.
Contemporary Jewelry Fair
Project A is a biannual event dedicated exclusively to graduates of Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry, held in art galleries and cultural exhibition in Bucharest.
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Workshops for kids
The creativity and aesthetic sense of the children are often surprising. Curious and bold in expressing themselves, their creations are full with originality and innovation. The special workshops organized by Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry are dedicated to the small artists eager to know the universe around them. These courses will provide them with the possibility to witness a different experience from their usual horizon of knowledge.
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Assamblage Jewelry Tools
Materials and work tools
Assamblage Jewelry Tools is the tools store of Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelery. The purpose of this project is to assist the school's graduates in starting their own workspace and to facilitate their access to different materials and work tools.
From hand tools to power tools and machinery, accessories and profiles, the store offers both separate products, and also jewelry kits with which you can start working in your own studio.
More information on the website www.assamblagetools.ro.
*Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry is a private institution, which is based on a commercial company. Courses currently offered are not accredited or in any way regulated by university education or continuing education. The courses are completed with a certificate of graduation of a private course, which can be used in the establishment of legal forms such as PFA, SRL or SA having the object of activity the production of jewelry, as well as obtaining permits for buying, processing and selling of metals and precious stones.