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Emanuela Aureli

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Birth year

Lives in
Santa Fe, NM

Works in
Santa Fe, NM


CCAC (California College of Arts & Crafts, 1997, BFA
University of Rome "La Sapienza", 1984
Munich International School, 1977

Representing galleries
EIDOS Contemporary, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Store

sculpture, conceptual, jewelrywork, art jewelry, art to wear jewelry, contemporary jewelry, jewelry art, sculptural jewelry



  • "I am an object maker.
  • I work out of need to give shape to my feelings and ground them in matter.
  • Metal inspires my work as a material--solid, hard, sometimes heavy, yet so soft,
  • flowing into liquid, melting into a new form."

Born in Italy and raised in Germany, Emanuela Aureli blends Italian goldsmithing traditions with northern European design, making jewelry for the body to wear. Inspiration comes from simple shapes, the making process, urban and industrial landscapes, and from the quiet expanse of the high desert.
Her jewelry invites the wearer to engage in playful interactions with the piece, teasing, daring.

Working mostly in sterling silver and copper, Aureli fabricates geometric, minimal shapes--cubes, spheres, strips of metal and coils of wire--that become earrings, rings, pendants, or brooches. She heat-colors her jewelry into yellows, oranges, deep reds, blacks, and silver finishes, infusing the metal with warmth and making it irresistible to touch.

Mostly self-taught, she started making jewelry as a teenager, creating her pieces with a pair of pliers, brass wire, beads, and feathers, and selling her work at flea markets, concerts, and street fairs throughout Europe. Her teachers were her many mistakes, the people in the streets, and all the fellow artisans she was lucky to meet. She apprenticed with goldsmiths in Italy and the U.S., and holds a B.F.A. from CCAC (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.




Selected Exhibitions & Awards:

Emanuela Aureli/Necklaces - EIDOS Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo show);
Cu|29: Contemporary Work in Copper - Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ;
Triple Martini - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA;
Boston Fashion Week 2011 - Cyclorama, Boston, MA;
Smithsonian Craft Show - National Building Museum, Washington, DC;
craftNEWYORK 2011 - 7W, New York, NY;
Robot Invasion - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA;
artistry 2010 - Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT;
Holidazzle - Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY;
2005 Originals - Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM;
West Goes East/SOFA, NYC, New York, NY;
Scene/Unseen - Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM (award)


Metal Jewelry With a Sensuous Rchness That Longs To Be Touched, by Nancy Ballou,
Copper in the Arts/, November 2012;
Cu|29: Contemporary Work in Copper - Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ (catalog);
Boston Brings Unity with Emerging Trends Show, by Cirestudios, Lucire/Fashion /The Circuit, - The Global Fashion Magazine;
Spatial Recognition, by Leslie Clark (feature article), Ornament, vol.35/no.1 - fall 2011;
Martini Squared - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA (catalog);
American Art Collector, vol. 1/book 2 (central states) Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA;
West Goes East/YAW Gallery, Birmingham, MI and SOFA, New York, NY;
Craft Forms 2001/Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA;


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