In 2008, I invited former pupils, mainly from Escola Massana to participate in a jewellery project and work together in Taller Perill, founded by Alicia Giráldez, on the same year.
The idea was to create a platform, where each creator would find some answers to his questions and not find himself alone in his workshop, without being able to consult anyone.
Now, after almost nine years, I have to admit that this project, which I started so timidly, has fulfilled my expectations much more than expected. In 2008 I would have never imagined, that in 2017 we would still be together and with such a strength.
Almost half of the artists remains from the beginning, the other half has been changing. Both members who have moved along and those who have stayed have helped the project to become what it is today: a group where the consensus are generosity and good understanding.
During all these years, we have learned to look at the work of the other, to know how to criticize or pat him on the back to encourage him. Personal growth of each has always been the main goal.
During the first five years, topics related to sensations, such as dangerous, light and many others wre proposed. The duration of each of these projects was two or three months, and they served as a common thread that each person could interpret in his own way, experimenting and looking for a personal language. Sensations were the godmother of the name "Sensational Jewels" and Sir Ambiguous was the godfather. I liked the idea of this double reading. I do not know how many jokes I have heard since then, whether they were "fantastic jewels" or "best jewels", but all the jokes are right, for what is more fantastic, better, or more sensational than working on personal sensations and to be able to turn them into a jewel that can be worn?
Since the year 2014, I have proposed to form small groups of four people to work more intensively during five months in a single project, develop an exhibition concept and show it in different galleries. Last fall we started the third cycle. However, two or three times a year, we do small projects all together, like “7 coordinates” in March 2017 in Munich or “Un pedaç per un descosit”(Débris Fertiles), which serve to unite the group.
Silvia Walz 2017
Born in 1959 in Tarragona, Spain. She has been living and working in Barcelona since 1983. She worked in different companies related to design before starting her training in 2008 in Taller Perill, Barcelona. She has been participating in various technique workshops and contemporary jewellery projects. Since the beginning, she has been involved in the project Joyas Sensacionales, coordinated by Silvia Walz.
Born in 1980 in Constantí-Tarragona. She lives and works in Tarragona. Graduated in Fine Arts from University of Barcelona, in Sculpture from Escola Massana in Barcelona, and in Artistic Jewellery from Escola d’Art in Tarragona EADT, where she currently teaches Jewellery Projects. She has taken courses in specialized jewellery techniques at Taller Perill in Barcelona. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Barcelona, Tarragona, València Mallorca, Labor im Chor in Germany and she has coordinated jewellery exhibitions in the Sala Kesse of the Town Hall of Tarragona, and in Escola d’Art of the Diputació of Tarragona. She is a member of Joyas Sensacionales, coordinated by Silvia Walz.
Born in 1969 in Barcelona, where she currently lives and works. Graduated in Optics from the Universitat Politècnica de Terrassa and in Fine Arts (specializing in sculpture) from the University of Barcelona. Her first contact with jewellery was at JORG - the Jewelers Guild School in Barcelona. Then she attended a course at La Massana with Silvia Walz where she discovered jewellery as a means of expression. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Joyas Sensacionales project, and has taken part in several collective exhibitions with the group.
She studied Industrial Design at the Escola Massana (Barcelona) and worked in different projects of design and props. In 2007 she began her jewellery studies with Jaime Diaz (Taller de Joyeria, Barcelona). In 2009, she worked with Kristin Hanson (New York). She has participated in several workshops with Stephano Marchetti, Silvia Walz, Judy MacCaig, Stéphanie Barvié and Pilar Cotter. In 2012, she studied Design and technics for artistic jewelry, a specialization course of UAB, in Massana Permanent (Barcelona). Since 2012, she has been a member of the contemporary jewellery project Joyas Sensacionales coordinated by Silvia Walz.
Born in Barcelona in 1966. Graduated in Fine arts, specialized in Sculpture, and in « Museums and Education » from the University of Barcelona. A few years later, she started studying Contemporary Jewellery in the Massana School and participated in several workshops with prestigious jewellers. Since 2008, she has been a member of the contemporary jewellery project Joyas Sensacionales
coordinated by Silvia Walz. Her work has been exhibited worlwide in art galleries and museums. She won the Prade Award (Germany) in 2012 and was finalist in the Enjoia’t, Barcelona 2003 and the SmS Legnica Gallery competition (Poland). Her work has been published in the « Rings - 500 artistic creations from around the world » and «New Earring - 500 Designs from around the world».
RAMON PUIG CUYÁS
Born in 1953 in Matarò, Barcelona, Ramon Puig Cuyàs is one of the masters of contemporary art jewellery. Between 1969 and 1974, he studied Jewellery Design at Escola Massana in Barcelona, from which he graduated in 1969. He has taught there as the head of the jewellery department since 1977. As a teacher, he has been invited by schools and universities in England, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Portugal. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous and prestigious museums and in private collections all around the world. He was awarded the Herbert Hoffmann prize three times and received the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona in 2011.
Born in 1963 in Pforzheim, Germany. Lives and works in Barcelona. She studied art jewellery at the Massana School in Barcelona with Ramon Puig Cuyas and received her degree in 1989. She graduated in Applied Arts – Specialising in Jewellery, The Llotja, in 1989. She followed technical jewellery courses including Japanese lacquer, carving and sculpture modelling. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Joyas Sensacionales project, coordinated by Silvia Walz. Her pieces have been exhibited in national and international galleries. She was a finalist in the International Competition of Contemporary Jewellery «Enjoia’t 2000 and 2001», organized by the FAD in Barcelona. Her work has been published in the book « Rings 500 artistic creations from around the world » (Nicolas Estrada, Promopress).
CARLA GARCIA DURLAN
She began her studies in graphic design in 2005 at BAU University, Barcelona, having a clear devotion for painting, illustration and objects. A set of coincidences led her to jewelry design and she completed a advanced degree in this discipline at Massana School, Barcelona. Over the past years, she has been participating in different exhibition projects. She has been a member of the Joyas Sensacionales group since 2012 and is a co-founder of the Quars d’una collective.
Born in 1956 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. She obtained a degree in English Philology, then followed courses on ceramics at Escola de Ceramica de la Bisbal and at Taller Ramón Fort, Llers, in Girona, Spain. She began studying jewellery in 1986 at Toronto Crafts School, Canada. She followed a degree in jewellery design between 1987 and 1990 at Escola Massana, with Ramón Puig Cuyás. She has been a member of the Joyas Sensacionales group since 2008. She has taken part in various jewellery exhibitions with Joyas Sensacionales in Barcelona, Mallorca, Sant Cugat del Vallés, Girona, Andorra, Valencia, Madrid, Schwäbish Gmund, Munich, Montréal.
Born in 1954 in Barcelona. She studied Geography and History at the University of Barcelona and Ceramics at the Massana School in Barcelona. Between1989 and 1999, she directed the company Nilo Ceramics Workshop dedicated to the design and production of unique and serial pieces of pottery. Since 2000, she has been a teacher in ceramic design at Escola d’Art i Disseny de Sant Cugat, Barcelona.In 2006, she began studying jewellery design at Escola Massana. Since 2007, she has been a member of Joyas Sensacionales directed and coordinated by Silvia Walz.
Born in Barcelona in 1961. Between1984 and 1989, he studied jewellery design at Massana School,
Barcelona. He received in 1989 a grant course scholarship awarded by the Massana School. He was awarded the 3rd Niessing Prize, Barcelona (1990). He has participated in collective exhibitions in Barcelona and in several galleries in Holland, Germany and the USA. In 2017, he joined the group Joyas Sensacionales directed and coordinated by Silvia Walz.
Born in Casserres (Berguedà) in 1987. Lives and works in Barcelona. Degree in Product Design and postgraduate degree in children’s illustration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), specifically the EINA School of Art and Design. Erasmus at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Higher degree in artistic jewellery from the Massana School in Barcelona. Specialist courses in different jewellery and painting techniques at Massana Permanent, the Perill Atelier, the Industrial School of Arts and Crafts and the jewellery atelier of Jaime Diaz. She is part of the Joyas Sensacionales and Quars d’una collectives. Since 2012, she has taken part in various national and international exhibitions: the Summer Festival 2013 and 2014, Galería Slavik, Vienna; the Graduate Show 2013 at the Marzee Gallery in the Netherlands; and En Transito 2015 in Munich, among others.
Born in 1962 in Mataró, Carme Roher studied jewellery design at Escola Massana between 1983 and 1988 and graduated in Applied Arts, specializing in jewellery. She has been a member of the Joyas Sensacionales group since 2011. Between 1987 and 2011, she has taken part in jewellery contests and various national and international group exhibitions in galleries worldwide and participated in numerous group exhibitions with Joyas Sensacionales in Barcelona, Mallorca, Valencia, Madrid, Schwäbish Gmund, Munich, 2011 and 2015. Her work is exhibited in the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona.
She graduated in Mural Paintings and Video Making from Escola Massana, Barcelona. She followed jewellery courses with Silvia Walz in Barcelona. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited since 1990 both in Spain and abroad. Fatima Tocornal has been selected and awarded in several competitions and participated in worldwide festivals and art fairs. Her work as a videast has been exhibited in international festivals of video art. She has been a member of Joyas Sensacionales since 2008.
Born in 1965 in Geselkirchen, Germany. She studied Jewellery and Metal design between 1985 and 1991 in Fachhochschule Hildesheim and spent a year at the Escola Massana in Barcelona from 1988 to 1989. She has been teaching at Escola Massana between 1994 and 2014. Since 2008, she has been coordinating the group Joyas Sensacionales in Taller Perill. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Europe, Canada and in the USA.