El Taller

For 20 years, El Taller Barcelona Jewelry School, has been a centre for training, research and experience; and a source of extraordinary synergies.

History

 

 

Jaime Díaz was born in Sevilla in January 1972. When he was 20 years old, he decided to embark on an apprenticeship in jewellery work and design in a traditional workshop. after finishing his apprenticeship Jaime moved to Barcelona to learn the art of precious stone cutting, before graduating in Applied Arts and Design with a jewellery specialization in Escuela Massana. Jaime later went on to obtain a Diploma in Art and Design from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.

While studying, he worked in various workshops where he learned forging in an autodidactic way. After an internship as head of the workshop at the Massana School and after a personal evolution, he decided to devote himself to teaching.

El Taller was born in the Poble Nou district. Its mission; to teach the traditional techniques of jewelry. Its objectives, to establish a dialogue with students and shorten the gap between the world of learning and the real professional production scene.

Philosophy

 

 

To adorn oneself is a universal act of expression. Jewelry, used as a protection amulet or as a sign of social status, throughout human history, and across cultures has been, a communication medium, a form of sending signals to other people and of establishing an identity. Jewelry says something about who we are.

The jeweler maintains a beautiful love story with nature, with the earth, with the fire. Like a magician or alchemist, the jeweler has to control the elements with which he works, know the materials and use the tools accurately. Skill is the rock to find creativity and freedom from fear.

The jewelry maker, is in a way a messenger; he has to learn to put into his jewel a message of himself, or of the person to whom he makes the jewel for. It is through this sensibility, that he is capable of creating with his hands honest objects with a meaning which people are enabled to identify with.

The contemporary jeweler in his search for freedom has gone through the borders of materials and of the functionality of the jewel. Creating new links between the jewel and the person who uses it, establishing new types of intimacy, of dialogue, of identification and of meaning.

Jewelry is today a medium of expression of the creator and the wearer; it is an art that testifies peoples need of belonging, that legitimates a space from which universal images and emotions are evoked that identify us and commit us to the connection and continuity of life.

Tradition and innovation: El Taller Barcelona Jewelry School´s mission is to teach traditional jewelry techniques, so that the student, from knowledge and technical expertise, can develop innovative proposals to the panorama of contemporary culture.

Manual skill to be able to open the door of imagination

 

We make a special emphasis on technical training. Following an individual learning process, we lead the students to learn with their hands. The mastery of techniques, materials and different tools is essential to make jewelry creating an inner journey and a mean of pure expression.

Research and experimentation

 

The best way to make a jewel is making it. Through trial and error, ideas crystallize. Through theoretical and technical research, experimentation with different materials and through the construction of tools, we teach people to design and develop any idea.

Artistic dicipline

 

We encourage the meaning, the creative and the communicative value of the jewel. We are interested in the student obtaining a solid foundation of the concept of jewel, which will serve as analytical support to acquire their own criteria as a basis for the development of their own work.

The working process of a jewel leads to an introspective reflection, and to expressive and communicative aspects. At school we encourage individual student’s personality, their personal inclinations, intuition and subjectivity, since the aim is not to learn patterns and external models, but to externalize and model their own to be able to develop their own style and language.

Support network

 

The workshop is a place where people from around the world converge. It is a meeting point of different cultures where a dialogue is established. Creating synergies and a place of belonging. The workshop becomes a family space always open to the exchange of experiences.

About us

Jaime Díaz

Jeweler, director and teacher

 

Jaime teaches the general jewelry making course. Putting special attention on the improvement of technique in the student. He draws from all his knowledge and sensitivity to guide the learning of the person to a complete individualized level.

Jordi Gutíerrez

Jeweler, responsible for the production workshop and teacher

 

Jordi studied in the “Arts i Oficis” School in the Industrial School of Barcelona. He worked with different jewelers in Montevideo, Barcelona and Manchester, where he learned different techniques of directly modelling metal. The experience that he has acquired in this three cities has given him three different view points which he applies in the construction, reparation and restoration of his pieces.

Natàlia Paradell

Jeweler, responsible for the production workshop and teacher

 

She studied Sociology but immediately understood that this discipline, although it aroused a lot of interest, did not give her a professional and even less personal fulfillment. She began her training in the world of jewelry in a self-taught way, and then she did her training; first at the Escola Massana and later, with the firm intention of learning the profession and reorienting her work life, at El Taller de Joyeria. with Jaime Díaz.

Pilar Freixanet

Jeweler and teacher

 

Pilar teaches the color courses. Diploma in tourism, with photography studies at the Barcelona Polytechnic, painting at the Manresa Art School and engraving at Núria Duran’s workshop. Her relationship with jewelry began fortuitously, seeking different forms of expression, first in a self-taught way and later she made monographs at the Massana school, at Alchemy in Florence and, finally, at El Taller Jewelry School.

Mariana Guevara

Jeweler and general management of El Taller

 

Studies in Photography, Visual Anthropology and Psychology. The jewelry trade was inherited from her father and grandfather. An insatiable seeker who has walked through different professional fields working in photography, theater and in audiovisual production and editing, until she finally arrived to El Taller de Joyería with the intention of learning from Jaime’s hand and applying all her experience and skills in keeping El Taller afloat.

Productions, orders, repairs of jewelry pieces, sculptures, trophies, company gifts, supports for window dressing and atrezzo, restoration of antique pieces, decorative stocks, etc…

We develop and produce any creative project in any type of material: metallurgical, organic and plastic, with a high quality finishing touch.

El Taller de Joyería
Carrer de Marià Aguiló, 123
08005 Barcelona ES

Between the sea and the mountain, Barcelona embraces countless creative manifestations, an important meeting for residents and visitors. It is a privileged place with its own identity, full of history, unique buildings, cultural centres, museums, events, enchanting corners, markets, gastronomy, nature and beaches. At the same time this creative city, open and full of life, invites and beckons us to the learn its catalan culture and traditions.

El Taller Barcelona Jewelry School, adds to this rich panorama. Offering an environment where the city and the contacts between the students, professors and collaborators of El Taller become a unique experience.

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