Jewelry making course (ring)

Introduction to Jewelry

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.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Course #1101
Johan Van Aswegen

Schedule B
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Johan Van Aswegen

Johan van Aswegan is an enamelist and jeweler born in Namibia, Africa. He earned an MFA from Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich, Germany before moving to the US in 1996 to teach at RISD. Van Aswegen’s work encapsulates an age-old tradition in jewelry–that of a personal marker or monument. The scale and tone of his work is monumental; subtle arrangements of historical references and classic forms are combined with desert-like tonal variations in color to embody the purity of contemporary ornamentation. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including the Museum of Art and Design, NY; Nitskana Gallery, South Africa; Stadt Museum, Munich, Germany and Deagu, Seoul, Korea.