Davide Bigazzi is a master of the traditional metalsmithing technique of chasing and repoussé. He uses ancient methods to create contemporary wearable and functional sculptures in sterling silver and gold.
“I enjoy the challenge of drawing expression from an otherwise cold and hard surface. The metamorphosis from a flat sheet of metal to a tactile sculptural form…”
Growing up in the Sante Croce neighborhood of Florence, Italy, Davide was discovered at a young age by the Florentine sculptor and jeweler Bino Bini. As his apprentice, Davide honed his craft and aided in commissions for the Vatican, national banks, and churches. He later worked in the fine silver and hollowware houses of Florence, completing commissions for major Italian fashion houses including Gucci. Winning the prestigious Artisans Award given by the international exhibition Mostra Internazionale dell’ Artigianato inspired him to quit his busy design career and return to fabricating one-of-a-kind handmade pieces.
After relocating to the U.S., Davide and his wife Elisa established a studio and gallery in Menlo Park, California in 2003. Every summer, Davide returns to Florence to offer classes in chasing and repoussé and to reconnect with his creative roots— “You never forget your background. It’s a treasure in you.“
Sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, and white diamond. 20" long sterling silver chain. Pendant measures 2 3/4 x 1/2".
Exhibit: Celestial: Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies
Earrings in sterling silver, 18k gold, opaque red and white diamonds. Approximately 1" x 3/4" x
Exhibit: Holiday Show
Cuff in sterling silver, 18k gold and white diamonds. Fits approximately a size 6 wrist. 1 1/2" wide.
Exhibit: Louder than Words