StudioEmilia2

Archaeology, Ancient Craft, Tools, and more

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 57 Sales

StudioEmilia2

Archaeology, Ancient Craft, Tools, and more

Minneapolis, Minnesota 57 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   That was one exciting summer! Casting bronze in Germany (in Uelsen and Brandenburg), Moscow, and Cyprus. I taught and also learned a lot. Stories about my traveles will be posted on my website and my Patreon page (details below).

Now that things are calming down for the winter I look forward finishing things up and putting new things in the shop. Watch this space for new pins and replica artefacts.

Because I do travel a lot, it's a pain to keep updating postage rates from different countries, so from here on I'll be offering free postage, but will have a handling fee. The fee will vary depending on how fragile the item is. Ceramic spindle whorls will need some extra packing to make sure they arrive safely, while the bronze pins are more durable and don't need as much before I get them into the post.

If you want to know more about my work in experimental archaeology, check out my website, Ancient Tools and Craft ancienttools.net or visit my Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/archaeology.

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Last updated on Oct 13, 2018

That was one exciting summer! Casting bronze in Germany (in Uelsen and Brandenburg), Moscow, and Cyprus. I taught and also learned a lot. Stories about my traveles will be posted on my website and my Patreon page (details below).

Now that things are calming down for the winter I look forward finishing things up and putting new things in the shop. Watch this space for new pins and replica artefacts.

Because I do travel a lot, it's a pain to keep updating postage rates from different countries, so from here on I'll be offering free postage, but will have a handling fee. The fee will vary depending on how fragile the item is. Ceramic spindle whorls will need some extra packing to make sure they arrive safely, while the bronze pins are more durable and don't need as much before I get them into the post.

If you want to know more about my work in experimental archaeology, check out my website, Ancient Tools and Craft ancienttools.net or visit my Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/archaeology.

Giovanna Fregni

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A life of craft and archaeology

Years ago I was a jeweller and gem cutter. I had a studio with all the equipment, but then one day I decided that I needed to go in another direction.

When you work in crafts, you have a lot of time to think. Your mind can wander, and I began to think about where all this came from. Making jewellery, the tools I used, the techniques handed down by my teachers from their teachers.

Fast forward a few years, and I have a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and have relocated to Sheffield in England to do a MSc and PhD in archaeological metals. I completed those degrees and now travel and work as an archaeologist, not only excavating, but also on collections of ancient metals, and speaking at conferences. I also work in experimental archaeology where I run workshops teaching others to cast bronze and replicate ancient metalworking techniques. Yep, I am living my daydream where I have discovered how the first metalworking was done and have even made and use my own replica metalsmithing tools.

I don’t have much of a home-base these days, since I am travelling around Europe and the US. Being on the road means I have to travel light. While I do get together with others and cast bronze and make jewellery, I regularly pack needlework with me. Working with my hands keeps me sane and gives me something to do while on the road. This last trip I packed more yarn than clothes, but then being in England means I can stock up on some of the finest yarn available.

It shouldn’t be surprising that most of what I do ends up with an archaeological theme, skulls and trowels are always chosen for symbols of archaeology. And while archaeologists don’t dig up dinosaurs, most of us are intrigued by them. The other animals are made on a whim. I’ve always liked unusual animals and have been fascinated with dodos since I was a kid.

As I said in my listings, the items you buy might be posted from anywhere. One month I’ll be in Ireland, another month in England or Italy. I’ll do my best to make sure they get to you quickly and maybe with a postcard of where I am at the moment.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about what I do, check out my website: Ancient Tools and Craft, http://ancienttools.net/

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