Nicole E.Podio Bio
Nicole Podio, art jeweler, has been living in Turin, Italy, since the year 2000. She currently teaches English part-time at the University of Turin, as well as at a private language school. Recently she has become a member of the newly founded Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo, a society of art jewelers and gallery owners intent on creating more opportunities for people who make art jewelry in Italy. The AGC ( organizes exhibitions, and plans workshops and lectures to help expand awareness in Italy of the world of art jewelry.

Before moving to Italy in 2000, Nicole completed a Master's Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in metals and jewelry at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to that she worked as head designer for a private label clothing manufacturer, where she applied the knowledge gained from her Bachelor's degree in apparel design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Although originally from Austin, Texas (where her family is still located), Nicole has had the opportunity to travel to many places throughout the globe. Travel remains her most passionate hobby because of the incredible opportunities for new experiences it offers.

Nicole E.Podio Resume


August 2000

  • Master of Fine Arts program, Savannah College of art and Design
  • course of study:Metals and Jewelry Design 
  • advanced fabrication skills, forming, casting, wax carving, vulcanized rubber mold making, chasing and repousse`, enameling, stone setting, rendering for metals and jewelry, computer aided design, CNC milling operations, conceptual art jewelry design processes


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design 
  • RISD course of study: Apparel Design 
  • pattern making techniques, fashion drawing, knitting machine techniques, technical drawing, Computer Aided Design


  • University of Canterbury, Christ Church, New Zealand - 
  • Course of study: Graphic Design


  • University of Texas at Austin: Austin, Texas - 
  • Course of study: Studio Art


  • Universita Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia, Italia - 
  • Course of study: Italian

Work Experience 


  • Assistant Professor of English (by contract) for the Universita' Degli Studi Torino, Department of Economics, Biella campus 


  • Assistant Professor of English (by contract) for the Universita' Degli Studi Torino, Department of Economics, Biella campus 

2003- pres

  • English Teacher, Inlingua private language school, Turin, Italy 


  • Teaching Assistant, SCAD: 3D computer modelling class 
  • Teaching Assistant, SCAD: light metals casting class


  • Studio Monitor for Metals and Jewelry lab, Savannah, Georgia
  • job functions including: assisting students in their work, maintaining lab equipment, maintaining safety standards


  • Teaching Assistant, SCAD: beginning forming and raising class 
  • Art Educator’s Forum, SCAD: assistant teaching position for metalsmithing workshop


  • Multitrade Inc.: Head Designer for private label clothing manufacturer


  • Nordstrom: intern for three design divisions of the company



  • New Space Gallery, inaugural exhibition, Trieste, Italyb


  • "Making our Mark" invitational exhibition by SCAD for SOFA Chicago


  • Alternatives Contemporary Jewellery, Rome, Italy


  • "RISD on the ROAD" jewelry exhibit (schedule provided upon request)


  • "Reliquaries for the Handwritten Letter" - MFA Thesis Exhibition, Iocovozzi Fine Art, Savannah, Georgia

  • "Dispensing With Style" - Savannah College of Art and Design Metals Club (permanent collection)


  • "The Fine Art of Craft" national juried exhibition: The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland, juried by Kenneth Trapp

  • "Off the Shelf" student exhibition: Off the Wall Gallery, Savannah, Georgia


  • "The Borrower’s Brooch" juried student exhibition, Savannah, Georgia



  • SCAD Award for Excellence in Metals and Jewelry at the Graduate Level


  • RISD Award for Excellence


  • Bernard and Josephine Chaus Award



  • Georgia Guardian, November 17th


  • Savannah College of Art and Design course catalog


  • Rhode Island School of Design course catalog

Additional Skills and Associations 

  • Member of Associazione Gioiello Contemporaneo (AGC membership is granted by a paneled review)
  • Member of Society of North American Goldsmiths
  • Fluent in Italian
  • Computer Literate: Word, Microstation, Surfcam, 2DPC, Photoshop, Rhino 3D

A list of references will be gladly submitted upon request

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