EU Jewelry and Metalsmithing
The Jewelry/Metals area has a 2400 square foot studio with four separate rooms for fabricating, casting, hammering and advanced student work.
Halstead Grant winner
Alumna Samantha Skelton was awarded the 10th Annual Halstead Grant for her new silver jewelry business.
Visiting artist Tim Lazure
Artist Tim Lazure visited EU to speak to students in the Metals Studio.
Metals Club exhibition
Our students, faculty and alumni garner national recognition through inclusion in major galleries, exhibitions and publications.
The Jewelry/Metalsmithing program at Edinboro University is a thriving community of more than twenty-five undergraduate and three graduate students guided by two full-time faculty members. Our focus is to cultivate an atmosphere that encourages students to develop their personal aesthetic while achieving technical mastery and an understanding of the critical issues facing our field today.
In beginning level courses, students learn basic skills for making jewelry, functional hollowware and sculptural objects. More advanced techniques are taught in intermediate, advanced and graduate level courses along with an increasing emphasis on conceptual development. Students are taught professional practices to prepare them for the many career possibilities in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and internships are available in the final year of study. Extra curricular opportunities that broaden student experience include visiting artist lectures and workshops, trips to museums and conferences, fundraising sales and group exhibitions.
The Jewelry/Metalsmithing area at Edinboro University is a program that fosters self-reliance within a supportive environment, challenging students to achieve excellence and success. Graduates start small businesses making one-of-a kind and production jewelry, work in retail jewelry, continue their graduate education and become teachers and professors. Our students and alumni garner national recognition through inclusion in major galleries, exhibitions and publications.
The Jewelry/Metals area has a 2400 square foot studio with four separate rooms for fabricating, casting, hammering and advanced student work. Equipment includes natural gas torches, acetylene torches, a natural gas/oxygen torch, a sandblaster, a powder coating unit, an electroforming setup, a belt sander, buffing machines, a draw bench, electric and manual rolling mills, two hydraulic presses, drill presses, flex shafts, shears, chasing and repousse tools, numerous silversmith hammers, stakes and anvils and a full complement of hand tools. Our casting equipment includes an oxy-acetylene torch, a gas burn out kiln, two programmable electric burn out kilns, a vacuum caster, mold making equipment and a steam dewaxer. We also have enameling equipment and a photography room with a light table and camera. Private and semi-private workspaces are available for advanced and graduate students as well as unlimited access to the metals facilities.
The Jewelry/Metals program has two full time faculty members who teach six courses per semester. It thrives with about thirty undergraduate students and three graduate students. Students learn basic skills related to jewelry and metal working in Metals I. Metals II incorporates casting and the use of alternative materials and processes. More advanced techniques are taught in Enameling, Intermediate Metalsmithing, Advanced Jewelry and Graduate level courses.
The courses required for the minor in Jewelry/Metalsmithing give students knowledge of a variety of techniques and broad exposure to the field. Additional craft courses, along with foundations and art history, work hand in hand with Metals coursework to allow students to fully develop their body of work. The minor can be coordinated with other studio arts or applied media concentrations. A minor in Jewelry/Metalsmithing may aid in acquiring a job in teaching, animation or other areas within the art field.