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Jewelry + Metals Courses

Jewelry + Metals: Modeling

Course No. MET 256-356-456  Credits: 3.0

Modeling explores the changing role of 3D modeling and 3D printing in art and design. A rapidly expanding range of technologies and materials provides new and exciting possibilities for models, molds, and parts for jewelry and object making. The course will address and apply concepts and technologies of 3D modeling, CAD/CAM + RP (computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing / rapid prototyping), 3D printing, and fabrication processes. Through a project-based curriculum, the course will challenge each student to apply these technologies to create work that remains unique to their individual vision. 3D modeling and rendering with Rhino, and output to the CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine, Solidscape 3D wax printer, FDM fused deposition modeling – 3D printing) and printing through service bureaus provide new opportunities in the presentation and creation of new work right here in our studio. Readings, essays, and discussion offer the integrated seminar experience. Visiting artists, field trips, and presentations supplement the activity in the department. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors. Recommended as an elective for Craft + Design majors, sculpture, ID, Interior Design, Biomedical Art, and other students with 3D modeling interest.

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

Course No. MET 264-364-464  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz | Matthew Hollern

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 sophomore 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

Course No. MET 262-362-462  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry + Metals

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: MET249 Intro to Jewelry + Metals.

Jewelry + Metals: Settings

Course No. MET 265-365-465  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Prerequisite(s) Jewelry + Metals: Settings

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

Course No. MET 258-358-458  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry + Metals

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.

Language of Materials: Core 2

Course No. CDE 201  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

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.

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As a materials magician, Kathy Buszkiewicz creates multi-layered works from U.S. currency which explore themes...more

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