Class in Porto: Oct 3th-7th- 2020


17' generation, since 1619. Chasing and Repoussé with Il Maestro Acquafresca is more than a technical course about chasing and repoussé.  With Il Maestro's unmatched skill in the classical Italian art and technique of "cesello", it is more truly an experience of understanding a technique that has formed part of the artistic dynasty and lifework of the Acquafresca family, dating back to the Renaissance in Florence.  With this background, Il Maestro, teaches with a passion, sharing his  unique knowledge and with the accumulated experience of generations of artists and craftsmen in his family.

Il Maestro Acquafresca is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and skill with each student at all levels, from those who have never had any experience to the most advanced students.  All of them will be able to learn to enjoy the process and improve their skills.  Over the course of five days, 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. Come and see why Il Maestro's students have learned to share his joy and passion with this technique!

The course is limited to 10 places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.


Day 1. You will sculpt a copper plate into a dragonfly, a beautiful form specially designed by Fabrizio to teach you the core Chasing and Repoussé techniques, including how to use the tools effectively. You will learn to work with pitch block, a hammer and handmade Chasing tools. Fabrizio will help you to refine your own design, which you bring to work on during the second day.

Day 2. You will use Chasing ad Repoussé techniques to fashion your own design in your choice of silver or copper.

Day 3. You will continue to refine your work. You are given the opportunity to suit the time to your requirements. You may turn your design into a finished item, such as a plaque, name plate or cuff bracelet.

Day 4-5. Carry on with project or start a new one.

The course will be five days long and be held at Achimia School from 10am- 5pm with an hour break for lunch.


How to sculpt silver or copper

How to use Chasing and Repoussé tools effectively

How to soften and harden silver or copper

How to transform your design into a beautiful form

How to work with Italian tar as a base for your metal plates


A beautiful copper dragonfly plate

A silver or copper plate, plaque or cuff bracelet, sculpted to your own design


You are welcome to purchase the metal during the course, or you may bring your own.

If you wish to purchase the metal during the course, please advise us of the size of your design far enough in advance.

If you bring your own metal, please remember that the size should be the same size of your design, with at least 1cm added to every side.

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