Macchiarini Design's Legacy and History
Photo Of Peter Macchiarini taken in 1995
Beginning in 1948,
Every sculpture, wedding ring, pendant, and bracelet that has been created in our studio, has been individually handcrafted, and is one of a kind. That means no mass production, no outsourcing, no auto cad, and no knock offs. This is a process and edict was created by our founder, Peter Macchiarini, and is now carried on by his son Dan, and Granddaughter Emma. In this studio, we originate new design concepts, as well as, working with designs Peter created, as departure points for new inspiration. In this way we have created a body of work that is all related, but very unique. Each new piece is original; a new design, or a variation on a theme. Each customer gets both design integrity, and innovation, in their very own piece of artwork.
Our customers also have an important role to play in the creation of the work. Often people will come in with rough sketches or ideas of what they want created, or get inspired by design elements in one of the pieces in our store. We love to work this way, as we recognize that the interaction with our customers in the creation of our work advances us as artists, and positively develops our creative work. In this sense we are "neo-modernists" as we see this interaction with our customers as part of our artistic process. This results in giving back to our customers something personal in character, hand-crafted in creation, and just for them! Recently we have also begun to invite customers right into the studio to be a part of the casting of their jewelry. This can be a very exciting and even moving process: to watch and take part in the birth of a new work of art.
In an effort to further invite the public into this unique method of bench studio jewelry, we are now offering classes right here in our studio! This is a wonderful place to experience the joy of hand fabrication, casting, and metalwork. We encourage a hands on, somatic approach to Jewelry making, which echoes a not so distant past of traditional craft. We are interested in creating crafts people who are familiar with the activity and process of the Bench Jeweler. We do not have a matriculation process, or certificate, but by being in this space, students will gain access to a tradition of creating wearable art, and the opportunity to stretch artistic boundaries of Jewelry craft.