Metalsmithing and Jewelry


Jewelry and metalsmithing can be as freely experimental as any art form. To be completely valid this art form needs an underlying craftsmanship foundation. The workshop and studio experiences in this program  emphasize design and craftsmanship.

Metalsmithing students explore as fully as possible, avenues of expression and technique. Students learn basic metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, filing, piercing, forging, forming, fusing, soldering and casting. Materials most often used include copper, brass, nickel silver, silver and gold.

In addition to creating jewelry, there are many opportunities for students to incorporate metalsmithing processes and materials into their work in other areas of the Department, including Functional Design/Wood, Sculpture and Surface Design.

Facilities Metalsmithing has 1,749 square feet of studio space open 24 hours a day. The area includes individual studio spaces for students with an emphasis in the discipline.

Metals Faculty Jeanne Beaver is an assistant professor of metalsmithing.  She received her MFA from Indiana University and her MA from Iowa State University.

Contact Information Jeanne Beaver



Courses Offered

ART 309 Introduction to Metalsmithing I (3). Metals in jewelry-making and small sculpture with emphasis on design and craftsmanship. ART 101 and 112 are prerequisites for art majors only.

ART 311 Metalsmithing II (3). Continuation of ART 309. Prerequisite: ART 309.

ART 312 Metalsmithing III (3). Advanced problems in metalsmithing. Prerequisite: ART 311.  

ART 411 Metalsmithing IV (3). Advanced problems in metalsmithing. Prerequisite: ART 312. 

ART 412 Metalsmithing V (3). Use of metals in jewelry-making and holloware. Prerequisite: ART 411.

ART 511 Metalsmithing VI (3). Advanced problems in metalsmithing.  Prerequisite: ART 412.

ART 512 Metalsmithing VII (3). Use of metals in jewelry-making and holloware. Prerequisite: ART 511.

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