Sun, Sea & Sand @ Salts
A Summer Showcase
Bringing the Beach to Saltaire

9th June – 1st Sept 2019

Volcanic Treasure – pendant in silver with pearls, marcasite and glass granulation

Volcanic Treasure – pendant in silver with pearls, marcasite and glass granulation

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Francesca Marcenaro

Like salt crystals sprinkled across her striking silver jewellery, Francesca Marcenaro’s unique process of glass granulation combined with precious pearls evokes the essence of the ocean.

Francesca says:

“In Italy Art is everywhere: there are beautiful, ancient buildings, magnificent sculptures, elegant pavements on the road. I grew up thinking that looking at the most magnificent architecture was a normal thing.

Italy is like an open air beautiful treasure, and it is also the country of sun, light and warmth … fruits, vegetables and flowers embellish the landscape with colours and unforgettable scents.”

Francesca took classical studies and after the university, she became a lawyer.

“Throughout my career as family lawyer, I had the privilege to meet incredible people who taught me a lot about life, challenges and self confidence. I understood that we can never judge other people, but we can always learn from them.”

Francesca always loved to design jewellery and to make pieces for herself and her friends. She followed jewellery courses at the Art Institute in Florence to learn how to work with precious metals.

Her passion for jewellery grew stronger until she decided to turn her hobby into a full-time job.

“I love challenge and after 20 years in law I felt it was the time to re-invent my life.”

Now she lives in London, inspired by different cultures.

“London is the city where to be different is a quality. It is the pole of attraction for creatives, strong personalities, a sparkling centre of energy, where difference between people is not a wall, but the opportunity to share and exchange cultures, dreams and projects. Inspiration is everywhere, the energy on the road is tactile.
People around the world come to London and make that things happen.”

The six super talented jewellers spending the Summer with us are: Anthony Blakeney; Antonella Giomarelli; Francesca Marcenaro; Justin Duance; Becca Macdonald and Beth Pegler. There will also be a separate seaside/nautically themed display by a wide range of international jewellers that we regularly show at the gallery. So lots to see at the Saltaire Seaside!