The Silver & Gold Smithery School of Stemnitsa is located in Stemnitsa, a small village of about one hundred residents in Mount Mainalon, Arcadia. It was founded in 1976 by Lambis Katsoulis, an accomplished silversmith, awarded for his work by the Academy of Athens. Stemnitsa was a famous metallurgical and silversmith centre since the post-Byzantine period and produced worthy craftsmen up to the recent past.
The School is public and free of fees. It teaches students from all over Greece. It consists of a two-year training course in handmade or productive jewellery. The Silver & Gold Smithery School of Stemnitsa continues the area’s rich tradition but it is also mainly orientated in combining traditional techniques with contemporary design aesthe-tics. In the past few years, the School is constantly raising its educational standards: by collaborating with exceptional craftsmen and professionals in a seminar basis, by organizing the specialized seminars “Silversmiths’ Spring Gathering” and by participating in numerous exhibitions. During the past years, it has received various distinctions in Greek and International competitions.
On the occasion of the “A Jewel made in Greece” exhibition, the School presents some of its students who have been awarded in Design Competitions in the past three years.