Why Jewelry and Metalsmithing?
Our jewelry and metalsmithing intensive teaches you to produce artworks in such precious metals as gold and silver; nonprecious metals, including aluminum, bronze, brass, and pewter; and such nonmetal materials as plastics, woods, and gemstones. You may create jewelry, hollowware, flatware, and small sculpture.
Students make objects that range from the highly functional to the purely expressive. You study such jewelry and metalsmithing techniques as forming, joining, molding, stonecutting, stone setting, and surface decorating. Related studies in the classical and contemporary uses of materials and tools, rendering, and small sculpture provide topics for independent research and investigation. Your courses will also address current issues in the field, history of metalsmithing, and presentation and display skills.
Excellent studio facilities and attentive instruction from professional artists provide a balanced experience in fine crafts making and industrial processes. Through close contact with faculty members, students participate in frequent group and individual critiques and are assisted in identifying and pursuing goals.
Alumni work in numerous capacities, from designing silverware to modeling fantasy characters for the TV and movie industry, to working as freelance artists and designers.
- Barbara Walter, Professor and Jewelry and Metalsmithing Coordinator
The jewelry and metalsmithing facilities are located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is home to the School of Art's art education and studio arts programs. The facilities include a well-equipped main studio with individual work stations, small machine and plating/anodizing rooms, plus casting, soldering, and finishing equipment.
Our visiting artist program has two functions: to help you make the transition from college to the professional art world and to introduce you to models of successful careers. Many visiting artists are former students who ask to return as professionals to share their experiences with students. Because of their intimate knowledge of the program, VPA, and Syracuse University, these visiting artists offer real-life experiences to which you can easily relate. Other visiting artists offer workshops in their areas of expertise, professional practices information, and lectures featuring the influences, themes, concepts, and considerations that affect their artworks.
Past visiting artists have included Tim Alberg G’92, studio artist and instructor; Harriete Estel Berman ’73, studio artist and co-author, Professional Guidelines for the Society of North American Goldsmiths; Chris Irick, studio artist and professor; Michael Jerry, metalsmith and professor emeritus; Anthony Lent, jewelry artist; Tom Markusen, metalsmith; Bruce Metcalf ’72, artist, critic, and independent scholar; Emiko Oye ’96, studio artist; Emilie Shapiro '09, metalsmith and jeweler; Steve Walker, metalsmith and jeweler; and Valentin Yotkov, educator.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing Club (JAM Club) is open to anyone interested in becoming a member. Members of the club gain experience making and selling jewelry, t-shirts, and program-related items to the Syracuse University community. Students learn about pricing, advertising, organizing a sale, and running a business-oriented art club.
JAM Club raises money for field trips and visiting artists. It collaborates with other art student organizations to hold an annual holiday sale on campus that is popular with the community.