Chasing and Repoussé

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Under the careful tutelage of the Italian Master Fabrizio Acquafresca, students will learn Chasing and Repoussé in the Italian style. Through the proper use of various specialized tools, they will study and implement the classical Italian approach to transform sheets of metal into reliefs and other works of art.

Il Maestro will discuss with each individual student their chosen project, providing technical and artistic guidance, allowing the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to continue independently exploring the art of Chasing and Repoussé.

The first exercise will be a dragonfly relief, but students have the possibility to bring jewelry designs of their own choosing.

These designs may contain fruit, floral patterns or abstract images to realize in metal.

Duration Program Cost* Lecturer
4 days Tuesday - Friday 445 Euro Fabrizio Acquafresca
28 hours 10:00 - 17:00

Prerequisites: No prior experience is required.
* VAT not included.


Duration Program Cost* Lecturer
4 days Saturday - Tuesday 445 Euro Fabrizio Acquafresca
28 hours 10:00 - 17:00

Prerequsites: To be a graduate of  Chasing and Repousse Level 1.

* VAT not included.



Fabrizio Acquafresca (aka Il Maestro) is an Italian artist, master artisan and teacher of  "Chasing and Repoussé".

Information regarding the history of Acquafresca's family dates back to the XVII century. Matteo Acquafresca (1651-1738) was a famed gunsmith from a family of illustrious fine artisans who were patronized by the Medici. Chasing and Repoussé is a technique that has formed part of the artistic dynasty and lifework of the Acquafresca family, until today.

Centuries later Fabrizio Acquafresca was born in Florence, Tuscany. When he was 13 he started to work in his uncle’s workshop, a famous Florentine silver artisan, Brandimarte. Today, after 30 years, Acquafresca is considered a Maestro (Master) in the art of chasing. Maestro is the Italian word given to those distinguished by their superior skills and creativity from other craftsman. In addition, the master craftsman is the person who is dedicated to transmit knowledge of the trade, to ensure that the technical know-how of the craftsman is not lost.

Il Maestro Acquafresca is still creating his own works, and continues the collaboration with Brandimarte workshop in Florence.  He draws, paints, writes, and shares his knowledge and skills by organizing workshops all around the world.