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Jewelry + Metals: Settings
Course No. MET 262-362-462 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry and Metals
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.
Jewelry + Metals: Thesis/Professional Portfolio
Course No. MET 093A Credits: 1.5
The thesis book project was established in the Jewelry and Metals department and has been required course work since 1965. The development of the thesis book allows each major to write about a range of experiences from their work, and document the development of a body of work in text, photos, and renderings. Each thesis becomes part of an important collection that dates back to the earliest BFA degrees. Essay subjects are presented to challenge students to conduct research and examine their own position. Discussions and presentations vary to recognize the direction of the group. The course culminates in creating two copies of the book - one that stays within the department as an archival object and teaching tool and the other acts as a professional portfolio upon graduation for the individual student. The first half of a two-semester course. Open to graduating Jewelry and Metals majors and all electives who are seniors. Required of 4th year graduating Jewelry + Metals majors. Offered fall.
Language of Materials
The second course in the Core explores commonalities and differences in the "language of materials." Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.
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.
Surface + Image
Course No. CMC 300 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The third course of the Craft core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging and three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry + metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skill set and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into various materials and surfaces. Offered fall.
The Printed Image in Enamel
Course No. MET 248-348-448 Credits: 3.0
The focus of this course will be on the use of the printed image with the medium of enamel. Photographs, photocopies and digitally produced and enhanced images will be transferred to the medium through acid etching, silk-screening, decals and photographic transfers. The emphasis will be on the use of enamel on the two-dimensional surface, although those with metal forming experience may explore three-dimensional forms in combination with the processes above.
Professor/Chair of Jewelry + Metals
Matthew Hollern has received research and professional development grants from the Society of North American G...more
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