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Peter Macchiarini


Peter Macchiarini
Peter Macchiarini, Bronze Copper on Wood Base
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Peter Macchiarini, Sculptor, Jewelry Maker, 1909-2001

Peter Macchiarini was an Italian-American California-based American Modernist jeweler and sculptor who was a pioneer in the field of avant-garde jewelry. He maintained an art studio and shop on Grant Avenue in San Francisco, California, for more than 50 years and was instrumental in organizing the first San Francisco outdoor art festival in 1938. In 1936, following the suggestion of jeweler/ artist Margaret De Patta,[4] he started to create art jewelry and began his own jewelry studio. After studying art at the California School of Fine Art (now known as the San Francisco Art Institute) he went on to teach metalsmithing and jewelry making at Mills College during the summer sessions from 1952 to 1955 as well as, in the same period, in his own studio.
In 1980, he was awarded a gold medal from the Association of the Lucchesi nel Mondo, which annually recognizes those who, as citizens abroad, bring honor to the Italian province of Lucca through personal merit. In 2000, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors renamed a portion of Kearny Street — near Telegraph Hill — "The Peter Macchiarini Steps" in his honor.[5] On June 29, 2001 he was declared an official "San Francisco Legend" for his contributions to the local culture.