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Giovanni Corvaja  

'Handling fine wires'

DIVA invites goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja for a five-day masterclass in Studio DIVA. He shares his knowledge about working with fine wires in precious metals, the choice of alloys, tools and equipment and their sourcing, technical and creative solutions and the practical experiencing will be covered in depth.

Are you professionally active as a jewellery designer, silver- or goldsmith? Or are you an ambitious student? This masterclass might be a unique opportunity for you.      

Giovanni Corvaja has dedicated more than 20 years in developing and researching methods for making and using fine wires in jewellery. In this five day masterclass the participants will get acquainted with the various solutions to the problems occurring while making and handling fine wires. You will discover new forms of a perhaps familiar material and be encouraged in thinking creatively at new uses and different approaches to it. 

About Giovanni Corvaja

Giovanni Corvaja (b.1971, Padua, Italy) graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master degree in the field of art jewellery. After his studies he returned to Padua where he pursued his artistic career in goldsmithing.

He has been exhibiting his work internationally since 1989 and presented his pieces in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He is renowned as the creator of the mythical Golden Fleece Collection, a series of five unique pieces made from hand-spun golden fur. The epical collection has been followed by the Golden Handkerchief, a piece made from hand-woven golden fabric.

(c) Chris Ryan
Giovanni Corvaja in his studio
Giovanni Corvaja, Bracelet, 2012, 18ct gold, 950 platinum and vitreous enamels 118 x 118 x 29 mm
Giovanni Corvaja, Pendant, 2017, 18ct Gold and enamels 30 x 30 x 70 mm (plus chain)
Giovanni Corvaja, The Golden Fleece Brooch, 18ct gold 62 x 62 x 20 mm

For whom?

This masterclass is for professional makers, jewellery and crafts artists, as well as ambitious students that are interested in handling fine wires. Participants are expected to have competent bench skills and an open and inquisitive attitude. 

How to register?

Only 8 candidates can participate in the masterclass, so we would like to hear your motivation for participating in the masterclass. Complete the application form before September 15, 2019.


The museum will put together a team of experts to make a selection from the candidates. You will receive a reply before September 25, 2019.

Practical information

Languages: taught in English. 

Participants: maximum 8 people.

Dates: Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November 2019

Time: 10am - 5pm (including one hour for lunch)

Price: €650 (including a daily lunch and one evening dinner)

Venue: Studio DIVA, Kaasstraat 7, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.

Materials and tools: most materials and tools will be provided. Participants can bring their own hand tools.


For all further enquiries please email:


DIVA atelier, Kaasstraat 7

Antwerpen - BE - 2000

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