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Jewelry + Metals Courses

Jewelry + Metals: Casting + Modeling

Course No. MET 267-367-467  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

Casting and Modeling is a hybrid course designed to address the connection of modeling and casting. As a basic technology in the jewelry and metals field, casting provides the opportunity to explore complex form, surface and texture, dynamic change of plane and line, and everything from organic to geometric aesthetic. Modeling ranges from carving, sculpting, fabrication, and direct casting of organic objects and materials, to CAD models and molds made in the department through machining and 3D printing. Students experience three different casting methods: gravity, centrifugal, and vacuum, all of which provide unique opportunities to create jewelry, objects, and small sculpture. Jewelry and metalworking techniques are presented to complement the current level and experience of the group. Independent work is encouraged. Readings, essays, and discussion offer the integrated seminar experience. Visiting artists, historical and contemporary examples, field trips, and presentations supplement the class. Open to Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.

Jewelry + Metals: Ceremony + Ritual

Course No. MET 261-361-461  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

Consider the importance of the objects we use in specialized events, ceremonies, and our daily rituals. How does ceremony and ritual fit into the context of the 21st century and our society? We explore historic and worldwide references to ceremonial and ritual objects through the slide presentations, videos, and actual works. Students create objects based on individual exploration and interest relevant to the subject. Additional independent work is also required. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.

Jewelry + Metals: Color

Course No. MET 260-360-460  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The use of color in jewelry and metals presents great possibilities. This course will explore a range of approaches to the use of color and colored materials in the creation of jewelry, functional objects, and small sculpture. Beyond the classic greens and browns, we will develop and apply chemical patinas to produce a range of effects in colors and patterns. In aluminum, the electro-chemical process of anodization will allow pigment dyes to be deposited in the surface of the metal. Plastics will be presented to allow for fabrication with stock materials, casting of resins and polymers, and laminations. Other pigments such as colored-pencils, paints, and powder coating are also addressed. Extensive samples and slides supplement the course. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.

Jewelry + Metals: Fabrication

Course No. MET 206-306-406  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry and Metals

Emphasis in the studio will be placed on fabrication techniques, from pattern work to cold connection, soldering on a varied scale and hollow construction. Students will also work in a small public space (the showcase) to explore "exhibition" or "installation." Independent work is encouraged. Visiting artists, field trips, and slide presentations supplement the class. Open to Jewelry and Metals majors and all electives. Prerequisite: MET 249 Introduction to Jewelry + Metals.

Jewelry + Metals: Flatware

Course No. MET 266-366-466  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry and Metals

Flatware is an exploration of utensils for preparing, serving, and eating food. Emphasis is placed on function, related concepts, and use of materials. Independent work is also encouraged. This is an intermediate and advanced level course designed to challenge students’ conceptual and design skills. The exploration of advanced studio processes will be encouraged to help facilitate the projects’ design and fabrication. Problems are presented to challenge all levels of students. Visiting artists, field trips, and slide presentations supplement the class. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors all electives. Prerequisites: MET249 Introduction to Jewelry + Metals.

Jewelry + Metals: Forming + Fabrication

Course No. MET 259-359-459  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

This course is designed to develop skills in forming nonferrous metal through the various metalsmithing processes of raising, stretching, seaming, snarling, crimping, and pitch work used to create volumetric forms for functional and nonfunctional objects as well as jewelry. Problems are presented to challenge all levels of students, recognize the direction of the group and include singular object-driven problems, along with discussion of formal and conceptual issues. Presentations, visiting artists, slides, and actual objects supplement the course. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.

Jewelry + Metals: Internship

Course No. MET 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Majors are encouraged to have an internship in the jewelry, metals, and related fields. They may carry up to 3 elective credits. Majors have interned with Liz Claiborne, Juicy Couture, Kraftmaid, Nine West, Albert Paley Studios, Thomas Mann, Heather B. Moore, and others. Available to junior Jewelry + Metals majors.

Jewelry + Metals: Jewelry Concepts

Course No. MET 254-354-454  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

Why is jewelry worn? How is jewelry worn? This course will focus on the motivations of why one makes jewelry and how jewelry functions in our contemporary and other societies. Questioning the boundaries of what defines jewelry along with the exploration of concepts will guide the work. Self initiated projects as well as assignments relating to jewelry concepts will take place throughout the semester. Readings, research, and dialogue will be an integral part of the class. Slides and actual contemporary and historic pieces will supplement the course. Open to Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.

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Matthew Hollern has received research and professional development grants from the Society of North American G...more

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