Metalsmithing gives students experience in the design and construction of ornamental metal work. It is available to art majors as an area of emphasis or graduate students as an area of concentration. It is also offered to art education majors for a studio experience applicable to teaching art in the public schools.
Processes include fabrication techniques, surface treatments, forging, raising, shell forming, casting, stone setting, enameling, production and mold making, and patination.
The studio houses over 1400 square feet of student workspace. This area has excellent ventilatio, high ceilings, and an abundance of natural light.
The studio has the following equipment:
Electronically-controlled burnout kiln, casting centrifuge, two enameling kilns, one with electronic programming, wire/sheet rolling mill, basic hand tools, flexible shafts, hollowware area with stakes and hammers, jump shear, beverly shear, boxing break, bending break, tubing/sheet bender, wax-injection system, prestolite acetylene torches, oxy-acetylene torches, annealing torches, bead blaster, table-mounted drill press, stationary grinder and sanding belt, two dual-spindle buffing stations. Students have individual workstations with locking drawers.