Meet Anna Nemesi

Monday, February 18, 2013

My dream is to create an open enviroment, where I can work, display and sell my jewellery in Budapest and at the same time, greet my customers.

How did your interest in jewellery start?

My father is a gold and silversmith, so working with metal was part of my childhood. I spent a lot of time in his workshop, fabricating rings from aluminium and sticking pearls on them as decoration. He never encouraged me to become a gold or silversmith, so my application to university to study psychology was part of quite a different plan; and in the end, I did something different. Thinking back I consider myself lucky, because this made it possible for me to turn my thoughts once again to jewellery. Making jewellery is what I find exciting, what I really love doing and what I want to continue doing forever. 

Where did you train?

I graduated from the Goldsmith Department of the Budapest Technical School for Handcrafts. The education there was great because it was mostly practical. My courses took place in the workshop of the Hungarian Mint, where I was lucky enough to learn the basics of the craft under the hands of a great master teacher. After my graduation I completed an additional course, which took me just six months. Since then, I pride myself on constantly learning new things as I work. 

Where is your studio?

I do not really have a studio at the moment. My workshop is in the basement of our house, where my father used to work. My primary goal now is to set up a showroom somewhere in Budapest, where I would also move my workshop.

What is the main inspiration for your design?

The things that inspire me the most are my friends, other people around me, the atmopshere, music and tranquillity. 

What is you preferred medium?

I like metal. I basically work with silver, but I am happy to use white gold and stainless steel as well. Titanium and platinum are beautiful materials, but I have not had the opportunity to work with them yet. 

Do you have a favourite tool?

I find all kinds of tools and machines compelling. I am astonished by their structure, how they work and what they are capable of. It is hard for me to decide, but if I had to choose just one, I would choose my rolling mill. I wanted to take home the one I worked with in the workshop of the Hungarian Mint, but in the end I managed to get hold of another beautiful old one. I can almost say that it is the crown jewel of my workshop.

What are your goals?

My primary goal is to make a living out of what I love the most until the end of my life. If that does not work out I have no idea what I would do instead...

Do you offer workshops and jewellery classes?

No, not yet! I need to find and set up a new studio and workshop first, but after that who knows...

Where do you exhibit/sell your work?

Currently my jewellery can be purchased at three selected shops in Budapest, or by contacting me directly on my Facebook page. My webshop is also well on its way. I have participated in many group exhibitions and I have been lucky enough to organize my own exhibition as well. I am looking forward to organizing another one in the near future, as it was a wonderful experience. 

What has been your greatest achievement?

In 2010 I was very happy that my design was chosen as the Capital of Biodiversity winner. This was my first serious acknowledgement. The whole process from designing to manufacturing was a very exciting journey for me.


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