Jewelry + Metals: Pewter
Course No. MET 270-370-470 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern
Pewter is a material that lies somewhere between metal and clay. It is an extremely versatile metal, beautiful for functional objects, jewelry, and sculpture. Pewter affords dynamic, intuitive, and direct work in metal. The course includes pattern making, fabrication, casting, slumping, forging, spinning, and other forming methods. Additional materials and techniques from self-directed applications to advanced studio technologies, including CAD for pattern making and design will supplement the course to provide new challenges, facilitate design, and present new means of fabrication. Readings, essays, and discussion offer the integrated seminar experience. Projects recognize the direction of the group and include singular object-driven problems, formal issues, and conceptual challenges. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives.
Jewelry + Metals: Production
Jewelry and object production is a complex and demanding avenue that can be navigated by many strategies. We explore a full range of production design, concepts, and technologies with a focus on wearable jewelry and functional objects. We address research, trends and concepts, ideation, design + redesign, production techniques + technologies, marketing, presentation, packaging, time management, pricing, and artist/gallery relationships. Challenges include short and long term projects based on demonstrations, research, and readings. The course is supplemented with presentations, examples of actual works, and visiting artists who make their living as production artists/designers. Ultimately you will conceptualize, design, and create one or more lines. The course includes preparation for shows and galleries, and participation in the Student Art Sale in December. Open to Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives. One course in Jewelry + Metals recommended.
Jewelry + Metals: Recycling + Renovation
Course No. MET 257-357-457 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
This course is more relevant in the world today than ever before. We explore the concepts of recycling and up-cycling as means of design development and expression through artwork. Various discarded materials, used or found objects that have been previously created to serve some other purpose will be reused to create work. Students will also revisit ideas through existing objects within our culture and re-address an individual’s previous work. Formats of the work in this course may take the shape of jewelry, wearables, or objects. Students must come prepared during the semester with found objects, thrift store or flea market finds, thrown away materials and be willing to alter them. Research and concept development are part of the weekly dialog. Slides and samples will supplement the course. Demonstrations will be provided as needed. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives. No previous metalworking skills are needed.
Jewelry + Metals: Settings
This course will examine the subject and techniques of settings. Exploration of basic stone setting procedures are addressed. The ‘stones’ being set during the course of the semester will be precious or semi-precious gems, minerals, found or handmade objects created from a variety of materials. Individual investigations result in several pieces of jewelry or objects created as they are addressed by assignments in the class. The course addresses multiple sources for gems, and includes assistance with acquisitions. Demonstrations, samples and a visiting artist will supplement the course. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors, intermediate and advanced electives. Prerequisites: MET 249 Introduction to Jewelry + Metals.
Jewelry + Metals: Settings - Advanced + Basic
This course extends the subject as well as the processes of setting by revisiting some of the basics and presenting more advanced setting techniques including bead, reverse, flush, and tension. Basic-level techniques and materials are presented for novices. Individual investigations result in several pieces of jewelry or objects. The course addresses multiple sources for gems, and includes assistance with acquisitions. Demonstrations, samples and a visiting artist supplement the course. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors all electives. Prerequisite: MET 262 Jewelry + Metals: Settings.
Jewelry + Metals: Surface
This course explores various techniques for affecting and embellishing the surface of non-ferrous metals. An emphasis on technical exercises throughout the semester runs concurrently with self directed work. Experimentation is encouraged and students complete the course with finished works. Slides, videos, demonstrations, samples and actual exemplary pieces supplement the course. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives. Prerequisite: MET 249 Introduction to Jewelry + Metals.
Multiples in Enamel
This course will focus on the use of enamel through the use of multiples: series, limited edition and production. Beginning through advanced level students will explore the medium through these models of studio production. Processes covered will be those easily adapted to working in multiples and not exclude any techniques. Prerequisite: MET 245 Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief.
Serial Painting and Drawing
Course No. CDE 200 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each major explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. The sophomores in the Craft + Design environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from Foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Design major programs. Offered fall.
Matthew Hollern has received research and professional development grants from the Society of North American G...more
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