Art and Design, B.S. - Jewelry - Metals

In the Jewelry/Metals specialization, students explore a range of fabrication, casting and metalsmithing techniques in the creation of unique, one-of-a-kind objects.  Emphasis is placed on personal initiative, development of technical expertise, critical thinking and creative approaches to problem-solving.  Projects are designed to encourage students to explore unique solutions to design problems in traditional jewelry and metalsmithing forms as well as the freedom to explore non-objective design solutions.

The Jewelry/Metals specialization in the B.S. in Studio Art Program at Southern is the only academic program of its kind in the state of Connecticut. 

Studio equipment and processes

  • Soldering station with new ventilation system
  • Centrifugal, vacuum and sand casting equipment
  • Full complement of metalsmithing stakes, hammers and forming tools
  • Large and micro drill presses
  • Sandblasting cabinet
  • Acid etching and patination
  • Sheetmetal roller
  • Flexshaft station
  • Burnout, enameling and glass kilns
  • Tumbling and polishing machines
  • 100oz and 30oz Electromelt casting furnaces
  • Electroplating
  • Drawbench and drawplates
  • Moldmaking and wax working tools
  • Durston rolling mill
  • Hydraulic Press
  • Large hand and foot shears
  • Milling machine
  • 13 x 40 Machine lathe
  • Spinning lathe
  • Orion Laser Welder
  • 3D Printing/Makerbot (Shared with the Sculpture Department)

Past Visiting Artists and Workshops have included

  • J. Arthur Loose - Bladesmithing
  • Mark Herndon - Mokume Gane
  • Mary Lee Hu - Working with Wire
  • David Peterson - Hollow Core Casting
  • Boris Bally - Visting Artist Lecture
  • Dan Clayman - Visiting Artist Lecture