More than ever, metal and metalworking are an intrinsic part of contemporary furniture design. From sensual and refined modern lines to rough-hewn industrial framework, this flexible medium allows for creative solutions that address both aesthetic and purpose. This course introduces students to furniture design through the basic techniques of welding and metal fabrication. Students are exposed to oxyacetylene and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, with the primary focus on TIG. Considerations of structural performance, material selection, cutting, shaping and bending, joinery and finishing techniques are reviewed. Design issues are resolved through a series of drawings and models, and welding skills are honed through several preliminary projects. For the final project, students create a finished piece of metal furniture.
Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380