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A.T.

Nationality: Japan
Jewelry Making
Program: Short Course
Period: Feb. 26, 2024 – Mar. 22, 2024

日本の大学でグラフィックデザインや工芸などを学んできた大学生です。自分の一番好きなジュエリーの制作について学びたいと思い、4週間のジュエリーデザインコースに参加しました。

I am a university student who has studied graphic design and crafts at a Japanese university. I joined the 4-week jewelry design course because I wanted to learn about jewelry making, which is what I love the most.

Mar. 19, 2024 | Posted in Reports, Jewelry Making , | Tags:, Reporter: A.T. | Course: Jewelry Making

Jewelry Making Short Course (#02) – A.T.

Jewelry Making blog For breakfast, I often make sandwiches and other dishes. A fried egg with soy sauce is all you need to make it taste Japanese! Bagged apples are cheap, but Italian apples are very sour and astringent, so I lentilize them and sprinkle cinnamon on them.

朝食はサンドイッチなどを作ることが多いです。目玉焼きに醤油をかけるだけで日本の味になります!袋入りのりんごが安いですが、イタリアのリンゴは酸味が強く、渋みがあるので、レンチンしてシナモンをかけて食べます。
Jewelry Making blog The carving room. There are lights and burners at each person’s seat, so everyone can concentrate on their own work. Tools for pressing metal and tools and stands for making uneven surfaces are also in this room, and when you use them for the first time, you will be given detailed instructions.

彫金の部屋。一人一人の席に電気やバーナーがあり、みんな各々集中して作業に取り組めます。金属をプレスする道具や、凹凸をつけるための道具と台もこの部屋にあり、初めて使う際には丁寧に説明してもらえます。
Jewelry Making blog In the third class, we learned to weld metal. I had never even used a lighter before, but I was able to successfully weld by heating the metal with a lighter and burner. Even in a burnt state like in the picture, it becomes shiny after soaking in acid for a while.

3回目の授業では金属の溶接を習いました。私はライターすら使ったことがなかったのですが、ライターとバーナーで火をつけて金属を熱し、無事に溶接することができました。写真のような焦げた状態でも、酸にしばらく浸けるとピカピカになります。
Jewelry Making blog A Japanese person I passed by at school gave me a green tea chocolate. It was a small thing, but it made me happy, so I took a picture of it and enjoyed it! Japanese sweets suit my taste buds.

学校ですれ違った日本人の方が抹茶チョコをくれました。些細なことですが嬉しかったので写真を撮って、おいしくいただきました!やはり日本のお菓子が口に合います。。
Jewelry Making blog I missed Japanese food, so I bought some udon noodles at an Asian food store and cooked them in miso soup. Udon noodles were sold for about 1 euro per meal. Compared to frozen rice balls sold for about 3 euros, udon is relatively reasonable.

日本食が恋しく、アジア食材屋さんでうどんを買い、味噌汁で煮込んで食べました。うどんは1食1ユーロで売っていました。冷凍おにぎりが3ユーロくらいで売っているのに比べると、うどんが比較的リーズナブルです。
Jewelry Making blog Jewelry design class. We are practicing how to draw three-sided drawings and how to add shadows. I only had one class a week, so I practiced a lot on the days I didn’t have class and brought it with me. The teacher praised me a lot and I decided to continue working hard.

ジュエリーデザインの授業。三面図の描き方や影の付け方を練習しています。私は週一回しかないので、授業がない日にたくさん練習して持って行きました。先生がすごく褒めてくださったので、引き続き頑張ろうと思いました。
Jewelry Making blog This is a picture of lunch I had at a Chinese restaurant on my way to school. It was full of Florence University students at lunch time. The MENU PRANZO menu, where you choose your favorite staple and side dish and have them piled up on one plate, is the best. 6€, but the portions are large, so it’s very cost-effective.

通学路にある中華で食べたランチの写真。お昼時はフィレンツェ大学の学生でいっぱいでした。好きな主食とおかずを選ぶとワンプレートに山盛りにしてくれるMENU PRANZOというメニューが最高です!6€ですが量が多いのでコスパ良く、麻婆豆腐や八宝菜、炒飯や麺類など、気分に応じて頼めるのが魅力的です。
Jewelry Making blog After class, I went on a solo trip to Venice bullet train. It took more than 4 hours by train and it was night when I arrived. On the way to Venice, the zipper of my backpack broke and wouldn’t close, so I got impatient, but I found out how to fix it on the Internet and fixed it by myself. I heard there are many pickpockets in Venice, so you have to be careful with your bag.

授業が終わってからヴェネツィア弾丸一人旅へ。電車で4時間以上かかったので、着いたのは夜でした。途中でリュックのファスナーが壊れて閉まらなくなり焦りましたが、直し方をネットで調べて自力で直しました。スリが多いそうなので、バッグの扱いには気をつけなければなりません。
Jewelry Making blog The streets of Venice are just like a water city! There are many boats passing through. Without Google Maps, you would be lost for sure!

ヴェネツィアの街並みはまさに水の都!舟がたくさん通っています。狭い路地は複雑に入り組んでいて、迷路のようです。Google Mapがないと確実に迷子になります!
Jewelry Making blog We took a boat to Murano Island, famous for its Venetian glass. A one-day free pass for 25€ allows you to ride as many boats as you want. It is a bit expensive, but if you want to ride more than 3 times, 1 day pass is more reasonable.
The photo shows a pair of earrings made by engraved glass, a time-consuming glass-making technique. The store owner was kind enough to show us how to make them.

舟に乗り、ヴェネツィアンガラスで有名なムラーノ島へ。舟は1Dayフリーパスが25€で乗り放題です。少し高いですが、3回以上乗るのであれば1Dayの方がお得です。
写真はengraved glassという、手間のかかるガラス技法で作られたピアス。お店の方が親切で、作り方を教えてくれました。

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