An intriguing piece of jewelry not only attracts the eye, but complements its wearer or tells a story. In this course, we move beyond appreciation to creation by learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making techniques, design and fabrication. A range of hand-tool processes is covered through practical exercises and imaginative concept-based projects. The non-technical side of the class focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision. On the technical front, we cover sawing, filing, hard soldering, scoring/bending, linkages, hollow construction, wire construction and more. In addition, discussion of design, materials, jewelry history and alternative techniques is part of every class. Note: Students may purchase basic jewelry tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs.
Johan Van Aswegen
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380