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Intro to Jewelry and Metals

Course No. MET 249  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss | Matthew Hollern

Work in this studio involves the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, its history, contemporary issues and activities, and the use and understanding of materials and processes. As a medium, metal presents more variables and potential than any other material. It can serve to produce sound, light, heat, motion, to present color, texture and form, to store and release energy, and provide strength and durability, all of which increase the options in your work. An introduction to the field of jewelry and metals includes the foundation techniques, skills, and technologies necessary to create jewelry and objects of material culture. The course includes extensive presentations, demonstrations, technical exercises and assignments, discussions, and critiques. Throughout the semester we explore the use of metal as a medium for artistic expression. A strong emphasis is placed on your ability to address and apply design principles, aesthetic considerations, and conceptual content to achieve a visual statement. Required of first semester Jewelry + Metals majors. Open to all electives. Offered fall.

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