Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Metalsmithing & Jewelry can be as freely experimental as any art form. The workshop and studio experiences in this program emphasize design and craftsmanship.

Metalsmithing students explore avenues of expression and techniques. 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, including Functional Design/Wood, Sculpture and Surface Design.

Facilities the metals studio has 1,749 square feet of studio space,  with 24 hour access. 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

Metals Studio                                                             

metals studio    metals lab
Student work Stations
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Courses Offered
ART 309 Introduction to Metalsmithing I (3). Metals in jewelry-making, hollowware, small sculpture, and object-making with an emphasis on design and craftsmanship. Six hours per week. Prerequisites: ART 101 and 112 or permission of instructor.

ART 311 Metalsmithing II (3). Introduction to several casting techniques as well as a continuation of skills learned in ART 309. Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 309 or permission of instructor.

ART 312 Metalsmithing III (3). Advanced problems in metalsmithing with an emphasis in ideation and conceptualization of content. Six hours per week Prerequisite: ART 311 or permission of instructor. 

ART 411 Metalsmithing IV (3). Advanced problems in metalsmithing. Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 312 or permission of instructor. 

ART 412 Metalsmithing V (3). Use of metals in jewelry-making, holloware, small sculpture, and/or objectmaking. Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 411 or permission of instructor.

ART 511 Metalsmithing VI (3). A concentrated exploration of the use of metals in jewelry-making and holloware. Six hours per week.  Prerequisite: two courses in metalsmithing or permission of instructor.

ART 512 Metalsmithing VII (3). Continuation of ART 511. Six hours per week. Prerequisite: ART 511 or permission of instructor.