An intriguing piece of jewelry not only attracts the eye, but also complements its wearer and tells a story. Alternatively, small sculptures have served as utilitarian devices such as Japanese netsuke, personal objects of adoration or components of larger artworks. In this course students first focus on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision for a ring, pendant or small sculpture. Concepts are developed through sketches, paper models and prototypes to problem solve issues of scale, form, proportion and aesthetics. Lectures, presentations and demonstrations provide historical context of jewelry and small forms along with an introduction to design tools and methods.
Once concepts are finalized, students experiment with multiple approaches, both additive and reductive processes, and different types of wax. Students may choose to have their design cast in metal through the utilization of a third-party vendor. By learning the fundamentals of outsourcing, students leave the course with the ability to confidently order metal casting for future design work.
RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
Johan Van Aswegen
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET