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Emanuela Aureli

"I am an object maker. I work out of need to give shape to my feelings and ground them in matter. Metal inspires my work as a material--solid, hard, sometimes heavy, yet so soft, flowing into liquid, melting into a new form."

Born in Italy and raised in Germany, Emanuela Aureli blends Italian goldsmithing traditions with northern European design, making jewelry for the body to wear. Inspiration comes from simple shapes, the making process, urban and industrial landscapes, and from the quiet expanse of the high desert. Her jewelry invites the wearer to engage in playful interactions with the piece, teasing, daring.

Working mostly in sterling silver and copper, Aureli fabricates geometric, minimal shapes--cubes, spheres, strips of metal and coils of wire--that become earrings, rings, pendants, or brooches. She heat-colors her jewelry into yellows, oranges, deep reds, blacks, and silver finishes, infusing the metal with warmth and making it irresistible to touch.

Mostly self-taught, she started making jewelry as a teenager, creating her pieces with a pair of pliers, brass wire, beads, and feathers, and selling her work at flea markets, concerts, and street fairs throughout Europe. Her teachers were her many mistakes, the people in the streets, and all the fellow artisans she was lucky to meet. She apprenticed with goldsmiths in Italy and the U.S., and holds a B.F.A. from CCAC (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.

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Coil Bracelet
Metal Bracelet
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 240 - $ 350
Bangles
Metal Bracelet
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 120 - $ 160
Large Cone Earrings
Metal Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 320 - $ 490
Hoops
Silver Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 70 - $ 120
Loops
Silver Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 90 - $ 150
Big Ball Earrings
Silver or Copper Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 300 - $ 440
Spiral Pins
Gold & Silver Pin
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 225 - $ 290
Coil Pins
Gold & Silver Pin
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 250 - $ 320
Dangling Coil Earrings
Metal Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 225 - $ 270
"Coil Earrings"
Metal Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 185 - $ 230
Coil Armpiece
Metal Bracelet
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 470 - $ 600
"Small Dome...
Metal Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 165 - $ 230
"Dangling Bar...
Metal Earrings
by Emanuela Aureli
$ 290 - $ 440
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Holidazzle, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, 2007
2005 Originals, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, 2005
West Goes East, NYC, New York, SOFA NY, 2004
Scene/Unseen, Portales, New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, 2001
Robot Invasion, New Orleans, Lousiana, I/O Gallery, 2010
craftNEWYORK, New York, New York, 7W, 2011
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, National Building Museum, 2011
Boston Fashion Week 2011, Boston, MA, Cyclorama, 2011
Emanuela Aureli/Necklaces, Santa Fe, NM, EIDOS Contemporary, 2012
Triple Martini, New Orleans, LA, I/O Gallery, 2012