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Dario Batzella

I have always been fascinated by the figure of the blacksmith and so after attending art school in Rome, I decided to spend my energy on learning the art of metalworking.

At the age of twenty I went to Edinburgh, where I met Paul MacDonald and became his apprentice for a year at MacDonald Armouries.

Back in Italy, I continued my research and I was lucky enough to work and collaborate with Angelo Pieracci from 2009 to 2012, from whom I learned the art of wrought iron. From 2012 to 2015, I then had the opportunity to hone my skills at the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia (the specialised art school within the Italian Mint).

At the Mint I studied direct-cut engraving, bas-relief modelling, chasing and repoussé, wax modelling, history and techniques of enamelling, drawing and composition, plaster mould making, plating and micro-mould making, three-dimensional modelling, intaglio engraving (chalcography) , gemstone engraving, computer assisted modelling, restoration, modern Mint technology and numismatic history.

From 2015 to 2016, I was self-employed in Brighton, working on metal engraving and wax modelling commissions.

In September 2016 I moved back to Edinburgh and found my space at SilverHub Studioz and became part of Element47. I have also started to work as an engraver for Hamilton and Inches.

Fortunately, there is no limit to learning and progressing in this art if you have an open mind and an open heart. It is not just the big things which make an unforgettable moment - even the smallest stone creates a ripple on the surface of water.