LALAOUNIS JEWELRY MUSEUM
The ILJM announced the newly established Jewelry Resident Studios. The
program and the two-live metalsmithing and traditional crafts studio workshops
are exclusively funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Artists’ Metalsmithing Studio/ ZEM
According to Greek mythology
Hephaistos, the God of fire and metalsmith, tamed metals under the sacred hill
of the Acropolis. As Hephaistos’ descendants we continue to educate on
traditional metalsmithing techniques and support contemporary jewelry creation.
The Artists’ Studio ZEM is the
first interactive metalsmithing workshop built within a European Museum. The space is refurbished to replace the model hands-on
prototype jewelry museum workshop that was set up when the museum first opened
in 1994, and to honor the establishment that housed the original Ilias
Lalaounis jewelry workshops from the early 60’s until 1993. Today ZEM becomes a
public/ live center for traditional techniques and supports contemporary studio jewelry
creation abiding to the standards of modern museological educational methods.
Through a regular museum visit, spectators may watch the demonstration
of ancient and modern metalsmithing techniques, the conservation of jewelry and
the creation of new studio oeuvres in an inspirational environment motivated in
this new artists’ hub. Traditional and new tools are revealed to educate on
their use but also may be handled by visitors to appreciate their complexity
and magnificence for recreating this ancient craft.
We invite local and international artists to share their experiences and
knowledge with this hands-on experience. Additionally,
visitors may explore the electronic touch screen Lexicon and cultivate its information for further educating
generations to follow.
In this space where Ilias
Lalaounis original Jewelry Workshops resided ZEM becomes the tool for new
inspiration and innovativeness.
Traditional Crafts Studio/ZEDET
The Artists’ Traditional Crafts Studio advances artistic productivity
and enhances the educational role of the ZEM metalsmithing workshop (in the
Museum’s ground level) to promote the use of non-precious materials,
traditional crafts, and new forms for contemporary studio jewelry.
Artists are challenged to explore new forms and engage the public in
this creative process, seeking inspiration in contemporary debates, social
enquiries, and humanitarian ideals. The studio is open to the public with an
interactive relationship to discover the art of textiles, leather, wood, ceramics,
clay, enamel, plastic, and recycled materials in jewelry making.
ZEDET respects the space that hosted the first Ilias Lalaounis workshops
for fine jewelry and challenges artists in a process that will enable them to
flourish within the international artistic community moving away from Greece’s
traditional use of metalsmithing.
Artists are welcome to send their CVs to: email@example.com for available seats and projects.
THE DEMONSTRATION OF ANCIENT AND CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY TECHNIQUES AND THE
MAKING OF STUDIO JEWELRY
GROUP GUIDED TOURS
“ONE-TO-ONE ARTISTS” EXCHANGE STAND
STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
OUR ANNUAL STUDIO JEWELRY EXHIBITIONS
NEW MUSEUM ADDITIONS OF STUDIO JEWELRY BY GREEK AND INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY