Art Metals III/ Room S24 Fall 2012 / UWO

Art Metals III/ Room S24
Fall 2012 / UWO
Asst. Prof. Jessica Calderwood /
Office: 508 / Hours: Tue/Thur, 4:00-4:30pm
Course Description:
This course will further advance your skills in jewelry and metalworking by working more
independently with guidance from your instructor. Your base knowledge will become broader as
you experiment with new and old materials, processes, and forms. Emphasis will be placed on
developing concepts within your work. Individual critiques will be supplemented by occasional
group meetings, fieldtrips, and visiting artists.
Required Text: The Complete Metalsmith, by Tim McCreight
Course Requirements:
Class Projects: There will be 3 main projects. They will be self-directed while working
closely with the Professor. Students will have the option to follow assignments from AM
II or to be given a separate assignment. This will be decided in the beginning of the
semester as an agreement between students and professor.
Critique Dates: 10/04, 11/08, 12/11
Late work will be significantly down-graded. Projects will not be accepted after 1 week
past the due date.
Gallery Review or Lecture Review: Attend either a contemporary art exhibition or
artist lecture. They can be on campus or off-campus. Write a one page overview and
analysis of the content and experience. Specific requirements and due dates TBA.
Lab Hours:
You will be given key access to the studio in exchange for supervising 3 open shop hours per
week. Arrange a time that is convenient for Metal I students (and you) and fill out the open shop
schedule. If you do not attend your shop hours the result will be a grade reduction. You
are to monitor the lab and work on your projects.
Make sure the shop is clean, tools put away and gas lines are appropriately shut down at the end
of your hours. Never invite friends into this lab and never lend out tools! It is your responsibility
to make an effort to find a sub if you can’t make your hours. Contacting the prof. is the last
option. A demo and test on proper torch operation will be administered during the first week of
classes. If a student cannot pass or repeatedly makes mistakes, an alternative will be arranged.
Grading Policy:
Project 1 ……………………….…30 pts
Project 2…………………………..30 pts
Project 3…………………………..30 pts
Gallery or lecture review…..…10 pts
Total Possible points
Grading Scale:
A = 94-100 pts
A- = 90-93
B+= 87-89
B = 84-86
B- = 80-83
C+= 77-79
C = 74-76
C- = 70-73
D+= 67-69
D = 64-66
D- = 60-63
F = 0-59
No open-toed shoes in the studio
Safety glasses must be worn when working with power tools and machinery
Keep long hair tied back at all times, avoid excessive hairspray
Absolutely no headphones allowed while using power tools or torches!!!!
Do not use a tool or machine until you have been instructed on its use and safety
All gas lines and acid baths must be turned off at the end of class - Soldering stations
cleaned and organized
The Classroom
The Art Department is not responsible for any lost or stolen items that are left in classrooms during
and outside of class times.
Students will be expected to:
 Turn off cell phones and pagers before entering classroom.
 Be in class and be on time
 Dress appropriately for class activities
 Maintain knowledge of their grade status
 Contact instructor right away about concerns or situations that interfere with their
success in class
Email Etiquette:
 In order to maintain a level of professionalism, please use a respectful letter format when
contacting your professors via email.
Lab Fee:
A non-refundable fee is added to your tuition to cover the cost of expendables.
Materials List: (should be brought to the 2nd class)
Tools from Metals I
Sharpie marker (fine point)
Ruler (w/ inches and centimeters)
Dust mask or respirator
Sketchbook or journal
Masking tape
Rag or old shirt
6 plastic bags (for turning in your samples and projects)
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
High speed drill bit set
Silver Solder: easy, medium, and hard (buy only at the bookstore!!!)
Recommended Books:
Jewelry Concepts and Technology, by: Oppi Untract
Metal Techniques for the Craftsman, by: Oppi Untract
The Penland Book of Jewelry, Editor: Marthe Le Van
The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets, by: Tim McCreight
Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing, by: Tim McCreight
Hydraulic Die-Forming for Jewelers & Metalsmiths, by: Susan Kingsley
500 Series Books on Jewelry, by Lark books, 1000 Rings, 500 Bracelets, 500 Brooches, 500 Necklaces, 500 Earrings
Silver-smithing, by: Rupert Finegold and William Seitz
The Theory and Practice of Goldsmithing, by: Erhard Brepohl, Tim McCreight, and Charles Lewton-Brain
The Art of Jewelry Design: From Idea to Reality, by: Elizabeth Oliver
Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present, by Clare Phillips
What is Art Jewelry?
Art jewelry is a relatively undiscovered field. What is art jewelry? It is wearable art made by artists and
designers, handmade in limited production or one-of-a-kind pieces. The jewelry is conceptually driven with
a contemporary aesthetic, as with most design today. The conceptual ideas are communicated in the jewelry
through materials and or forms. The artist uses these concepts to formulate their jewelry.
In the Western World we are used to thinking of jewelry as a status symbol. How big is that rock on her
finger? Did Cartier, or De Beers make it? Art jewelry breaks those boundaries creating a unique wearable
art form. Some art jewelry has a light hand with the materials creating unique compositions with stones and
a loose touch with the metal.
Art Jewelry is not just made from gemstones and precious materials. Often it can be made from an unusual
source of materials. This can include everything from gum to lead. The artists use their metalsmithing skills
to manipulate the industrial materials to transform them into landscapes of beauty.
One of the most interesting aspects of Art Jewelry is its interaction with the wearer. The wearer brings
these objects to life. Just as a painting is changed by its setting or a chair morphs outside of its designer’s
studio to each location it is used. Art jewelry takes on a new form when it is on the body. The wearer has
the great opportunity to partake in this art form, by simply wearing it.