Department of Art
Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing
The Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing program is designed to broaden students’ understanding of the jewelry/metals field and its historical and contemporary context through research and experimentation. Students learn a variety of processes for working with metal and non?metal materials, explore artistic content, and study contemporary forms as well as historical antecedents.
Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing encourages you to pursue your own personal direction and career goals in jewelry/metals while developing a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary metals techniques. The curriculum is designed to broaden students’ understanding of the jewelry/metals field and its historical and contemporary context through research and experimentation. You will learn a variety of processes for working with metal and non-metal materials, explore art content, and study contemporary forms as well as historical antecedents. Throughout the course sequence, you will be challenged to develop your own personal style while building a repertoire of techniques. Coursework places equal emphasis on creative problem solving and technical proficiency.
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The Jewelry Design/Metalsmithing studio provides 18 individual workstations and a separated discussion area within the studio. Metalsmithing area can be separated by industrial soundproof screen from the workbench area.
The studio facility consist of the following:
- A well-equipped metalsmithing studio
- Torches (Natural gas and compressed air, acetylene & air, oxy-acetylene, micro torch, annealing torch)
- Fume exhaust hoods
- Rolling mill
- Metal shear
- 36" sandblaster
- Small and large drill presses
- Casting equipments (vacuum caster, centrifugal casting machine)
- Small and large drill presses
- Belt sander
- Disk sander
- Titanium rectifiers
- Grinder and buffing/polishing machines with air filter
- Electric 50 ton hydraulic press
- Small and large enameling and casting kilns
- Flexshaft stations
- Etching station
Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.
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Leslie Boyd is an artist, jeweler, and educator whose practice sites itself on the body. Her research interests include cultural appropriation, social practice, gender and contemporary US political identities/affiliations. She studied Metalsmithing + Jewelry at Pratt Institute (BFA) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). Leslie has exhibited throughout the US and in venues abroad such as Ghost Gallery in New York, the super+Centercourt Gallery in Munich, Germany and at Object Rotterdam in Holland. In 2018 Leslie launched an ongoing project called Making Progress: Resources for Social Justice in Craft which aims to compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice.
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