Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Whether you’re drawn to traditional goldsmithing or compelled to investigate the unconventional, Jewelry and Metalsmithing offers the individual attention, guided support and well-equipped studios needed to fine-tune your own artistic voice.
As you explore working with a wide range of metals and other materials, you’ll learn to execute your ideas with skill and ingenuity. Critical analysis, targeted readings, visiting artists and lively group discussions help you to explore and question the inherent relationship of jewelry to the body.
As a Jewelry and Metalsmithing major, you’ll graduate with a strong grasp of your own creative power and a solid foundation on which to build a career as a jewelry artist, production designer, metal smith, teacher, gallery owner – or any number of entrepreneurial pursuits that allow you to pursue a passion for designing and making.
Processes include fabrication techniques, surface treatments, forging, raising, shell forming, casting, stone setting, enameling, production and mold making, and patination.
The studio houses over 1600 square feet of student workspace. This area has excellent ventilation, high ceilings, and an abundance of natural light.
The studio has the following equipment: Several electronically-controlled kilns for enamel, glass and lost wax processes, vacuum casting equipment, casting centrifuge, wire/sheet rolling mill, an abundance of hand tools, multiple flex shafts, hollowware area with stakes and hammers, jump shear, Beverly shear, boxing break, bending break, tubing/sheet bender, wax-injection system, acetylene torches, oxy-acetylene torches, oxy-propane burners, annealing torches, bead blaster, table-mounted drill press, stationary grinder and sanding belt, two dual-spindle buffing stations, hydraulic forming station, tumblers, ultrasonic cleaner, electroplating and more. Students have individual workstations with locking drawers.