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.

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 Aswegen holds a degree from the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich. He has lectured at Durban Technicon, Durban, South Africa, and has taught enameling and jewelry courses at RISD. His work has been exhibited in Germany, South Africa, Austria, Spain, Luxembourg and the US.