As the foundation grows,
opportunities will expand into more projects
While The Place of Wonders is not a complete solution to
the crisis affecting the dwindling numbers of artisans Italy
has left, the positive impact of the scholarships funded by
the foundation is immediate.
The benefit of educating a new generation of artisans will be felt long into the future as these newly minted makers embark on their careers. We cannot emphasize how significant your support of the foundation will be to preserving craft in Florence, Venice, and beyond.
Venezia 2024The foundation is delighted to announce the formation of four brand-new scholarships in Venice in partnership with glass bead artisan and glassmaker Alessia Fuga and jeweler Marisa Convento.
The foundation will fully fund four ‘Mano a Mano’ apprenticeships for Italian students to learn this unique and traditional Venetian craft under Fuga and Convento’s expert tutelage at their Murano workshops. During their apprenticeship, these students will have the opportunity to create their own limited edition piece to be included in the capsule Mano a Mano collection designed especially for sale at the Londra Palace. We are thrilled to be contributing to the preservation of this ancient practice and the passing of knowledge on to the next generation!
Firenze 2023After an incredibly successful first year of collaboration between The Place of Wonders Foundation and LAO, we’re thrilled to announce this impactful partnership will continue.
The foundation will grant a further three full scholarships to three young female Italian students from Florence and nearby Pistoia. Two students will learn the art of jewelry design or oreficeria triennale, while the others will study the craft of stone setting or incassatura. To know that we are playing our part to safeguard the future of Italian craft is hugely gratifying.
Firenze 2022The foundation was delighted to partner with the goldsmith school Le Arti Orafe di Firenze, founded in 1985 by visionary goldsmith and founder of Florence Jewelry Week, Giò Carbone, for its first year.
LAO is the first Italian school dedicated solely to contemporary jewelry, and its open-minded attitude toward new ideas, innovations, and technical skills attracts top talent from around the world. The Place of Wonders proudly funded three full scholarships for Italian students, with a generous 50% contribution from LAO, at this world-renowned school in 2022.