The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Area offers students a full range of studio experiences in both traditional and non-traditional media. We focus on providing a framework for instruction in techniques and processes in conjunction with an emphasis on building personal themes and narratives. Our goal is to create an environment in which students are given the technical and critical support they need in order to develop, and continually refine, their own unique artistic vision and voice.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Area services all five degree tracks offered by the Department of Art. We offer one introductory course entitled Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design I: Fabrication and Stone Setting. We offer four intermediate courses under the heading Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design II, Casting, Hollowware, Enameling and CAD for Jewelers. Advanced Special Topics in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design is our final course that provides students with an opportunity to develop a self-directed path of inquiry and creative activity. We strongly encourage students to integrate their experiences and expertise gained in other studio environments, as well as in other academic studies, into the design and creation of work created in our course offerings.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Area operates out of a large, well equipped studio located off the lobby of the building’s first floor. We are equipped for a broad range of basic fabrication processes, as well as casting, hollowware, hydraulic press forming, etching and enameling. Advanced students are provided with personal bench and storage space. Beginning and intermediate students have access to 14 additional bench spaces. In each class, students have responsibilities assigned them in order that they may contribute to the maintenance of our facility. This studio is a shared environment and we encourage students to take responsibility for it’s continued success.