Wayne State University


Curriculum Guide

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Evan Larson
(MFA Cranbrook) Associate Professor of Metalsmithing
Research Interests: Exploration of simultaneous cultures of interaction through installation works.

Program description

What is this program?

The metalsmithing facilities support a wide range technical possibilities within blacksmithing, hollowware, jewelry, and 3-d modeling. Students are encouraged to develop standards for judment, which are not only rigorous to the discipline but also cut across disciplinary boundaries. Through readings, special exhibitions, visiting lectures and workshops students are exposed to national and international currents of thought and new approaches to material. Critiques and discussion of both critical theory and topical issues are used in an open-ended search for understanding current directions within contemporary metalsmithing. One of the major expectations for students is to develop an awareness of the field, which is facilitated through the many opportunities created by the area such as organized field trips to significant sights, symposiums and conferences. The culmination of the student experience in the program focuses on the crafting of a compelling body of work and the ability to speak, write and contextualize the work within the larger field of metalsmithing. Finally, the program seeks to produce open-minded critical thinkers.

What will I study?

  • To train students to develop understanding of art and craft, within a global context, that ranges from historic to contemporary works.
  • To develop understanding of the role of metalsmithing within this larger context.
  • To become skilled and mature artists in metalsmithing.
  • To become proficient in the traditional skills associated in this medium.
  • To appreciate the artistic and cultural mission of the medium in the past and present.
  • To discern the differences between the high art and commercial applications of metalsmithing.

What makes this program unique?

Metal, Wax, Rubber
Creating jewelry and small functional objects
Mold making and Wax models
Stone setting, acid etching, granulaton, keum boo, patination, hinge mechanisms
Soldering, Relief forms, repoussee, hydraulic die forming, chasing, fold forming
Advanced Studio Spaces for Upperclassmen
Participation in Local and National Conferences
Participation in Local and National Exhibitions
Workshops and Demonstrations
Guest Speakers and Visiting Artists

What does the program prepare me for?

Metals Craftsman
Instructor / Professor
Mold Maker
Jewelry Designer
Lapidary Specialist
Independent Artist

Class Listing

2600 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Cr. 3

Prereq: ADR 1060 and ADE 1210 for art majors. Basic skills: sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, polishing, creating textures on metal, riveting, soldering, and bezel setting of stones. Creation of jewelry and small functional objects. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (T)

3600 Intermediate Jewelry I. (AME 5600) (AME 7600) Cr. 3

Prereq: AME 2600. Lost-wax casting and mold-making. Creating, preparing and casting into metal of wax models. Vulcanized rubber mold-making. Commercial jewelry techniques. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (T)

3601 Intermediate Jewelry II. Cr. 3

Prereq: AME 3600. Advanced metal fabrication and surface treatment. Topics include: stone setting techniques, acid etching, granulation, keum boo, patination, hunge mechanisms and more complex soldering techniques. (F,W)

4600 Metalsmithing I. Cr. 3-6

Prereq: AME 2600. Utilizing plastic qualities of metal to generate low to middle relief forms. Introduction to hydraulic die forming, chasing and repousse and fold forming. Creation of objects with moderate level of relief and high degree of surface adornment. (F,W)

4601 Metalsmithing II. Cr. 3-6

Prereq: AME 2600. Utilizing plastic qualities of metal to generate high relief forms. Techniques include: raising and sinking, anticlastic and synclastic raising, nonferrous and ferrous forging. How metals may be stretched to create forms with a high degree of volume. (F,W)

5600 (AME 3600) Advanced Jewelry and Metalsmithing. (AME 7600) Cr. 3-6 (Max. 24)

Prereq: AME 3601. Election of more than three credits per semester requires consent of instructor. Intellectual and conceptual nature of student's artwork; discussion and analysis. Methods of criticism. Material fee as indicated in the Schedule of Classes. (F,W)

5860 Directed Projects: Metal Arts. Cr. 3-6 (Undergrad. max. 15; grad. max. 30)

Prereq: consent of instructor. Individual problems. (F,W)