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Alessandro Morosani grew up in rural Connecticut, USA, and attended a Montessori school that encouraged creativity and exploration. His first encounter with silversmithing was his senior year at Proctor Academy, for which he was awarded the Senior Metalsmithing Award. When he moved to Asheville, NC, he found classes and studio space at Earthspeak Arts. Then he enrolled in the jewelry program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in 2008. He was awarded the 2012 prize for Outstanding Use of Stones and Design Excellence. He then rented studio space from Brooklyn Metal Works and enrolled in their goldsmithing class. After, he moved out of NY city back to the country in CT. He also learned CAD/CAM from the Gemological Institute of America. Additionally he learned lapidary from Michael Boyd at Brooklyn Metal Works. Alessandro has been in group shows and exhibited in craft shows across North America and Europe. My technique is called water casting. I melt silver and pour it into water, where it cools into fluid, inconsistent, and unpredictable pieces. Organic matter can be submerged in the water, thereby altering the metal’s shape as it cools and solidifies. Anything organic works, but a few of my favorites are pasta, cabbage, straw, grapes, and beans. I patina my pieces with liver of sulphur to give them a wide range of color: yellow, blue, green, red, purple, light grey, dark grey, and black. If I want them bright white then I use the process called, depletion gilding, where I remove the copper from the surface of the sterling silver leaving a thin layer of fine silver. My works are manifestations of instinct, intuition, and imagination. I follow whimsy and let it grow into extravagance by combining Rococo shapes with Abstract forms. I transform select individual castings, and uncommon stones or pearls, into a larger unified work. Sometimes I know exactly which pieces connect to each other, and sometimes the metal decides which fit harmoniously. In either case, when they connect properly there is an audible click and they fit together as though they are puzzle pieces. A finished work seduces you. Absurd abstraction creates otherworldly ornamentation.