Luca Sabbatini: Learning Beyond the Technical

Luca Sabbatini has been working in the jewelry industry for the past seven years and his specialization is in modeling wax. He has been a wax modeler since he was 21 years old. His work in the jewelry business has always been just a second job for him but he never abandoned it.

Luca used to sleep in the laboratory, which was a small rented room in the basement of an Italian house. He started to work after graduating from a university. His first goldsmith employer hired him to work in a laboratory in Perugia, Italy. He worked for two years in that rented laboratory.

Printing in 3D was not yet widespread or reliable when he started working in the jewelry. The standard method then was wax modeling for casting jewelry.

He always prioritizes the needs of the customers, empathizing with them. He is knowledgeable in every step of the jewelry-making process. He has done hundreds of models in wax before he shifted to 3D designing.

Luca discovered ZBrush a few years ago when he was conversing with some colleagues. Some were doubtful in using the technology because it was perceived as too complex and nerdy.

Luca believes that ZBrush is the way forward. He said: “If Leonardo Da Vinci was living now, he’d be a Zbrush user. It’s too beautiful to use your creativity before worrying if this thickness is castable.”

He learned a lot of things from Tomas that is way beyond the technicalities of strict CAD methods. He said:

“I guess it is the most di cult part to teach, and he's very good at it. Finally, it does not depend on what my software can do, what matters is what my ideas are. I’ve learned different ways to approach design, and the one Tomas is explaining is basically a revolution in this field.”

As for his favorite pieces that he is proud of, he said that it’s a bit tricky to decide. The main reason is that he works for a committee and for clients. It’s the needs and wants of the clients that have to be prioritized and properly interpreted.

He elaborated:“I mean, whenever we design we want to be able to work with a shiny ‘blingy’ brand that wants the stones to be the center of its product, but also the dirtiest splatter brand with dead zombies as

“I mean, whenever we design we want to be able to work with a shiny ‘blingy’ brand that wants the stones to be the center of its product, but also the dirtiest splatter brand with dead zombies as a subject. They are both cool, and they both have an audience. Isn’t that true?”

He adjusts his design concepts depending on the personalities of the clients. He wants to further explore the potentials of ZBrush in his designs.

He decided to take Tomas’ class as part of his business plan. He bought a business in jewelry design and he thinks that Tomas has the knowledge of the things that he wanted to learn.

Luca said that he would definitely recommend Tomas class:

“Yes, I do, I recommend it because it allows you to understand how many ways there are to design the same concept, moreover because It does not create competitors, it just makes jewelry more interesting to discover. I won’t think to a ­ower on a skull ring, I may see a fracture, and ‑ll it with stones, same subject, different view, different audience.”

Website: http://www.satini.nl