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Nikki Davis, BFA in Craft 2015
Christine Clark, Metals Department Head, "Floor Series - Weight," 2014
Tayja Dangel, BFA 2016
Metals Studio

Create functional, wearable and sculptural metal work that is well designed and individually conceptualized. Learn the careful crafting and construction of fine-art jewelry, production jewelry, traditional hollowware and small-scale sculpture. Enhance your fabrication and design skills as you develop a comprehensive appreciation of historic and contemporary metal work. Explore a wide range of approaches to metalsmithing, designed to lead to a practice in critical thinking, creating problem solving and strong studio work ethics.

Christine Clark, Department Head
Courtney Kemp, Instructor

Visiting Artists
Martha Banyas
Gabriel Brown
Andy Cooperman
Don Friedlich
Julia Heineccius
Colin Kippen
Greg Wilbur
See the full list of visiting artists here!

Recent Events

Andy Cooperman Lecture
Seattle jeweler and metalsmith Andy Cooperman visited OCAC on February 20th to talk about his work, studio practice and how he looks for that point of dynamic balance between the head and the hands, while working with materials as diverse as ping pong balls and 12 inch long porcupine quills. The evening began with a brief look at the history of contemporary metalsmithing. In addition to his Saturday night lecture, Cooperman taught a workshop to the Metals students all day Sunday, February 21. 

Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Take two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses from the courses listed below.
ME111 Fundamentals of Metalsmithing
ME112 Casting and Electroforming
ME204 Container Forms and Mechanisms
ME211 Fabrication and Surface Exploration
ME311 Functional Object Metals
ME312 Resins, Moldmaking and Sculpturing Concerns
ME490 Metals Tutorial

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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Madeleine Soich, BFA 2015, on left
Deirdre Riley, BFA 2014, on right



The Metals Studio contains equipment for the following processes:

  • centrifugal and vacuum casting
  • soldering
  • annealing
  • raising and forming
  • electroforming and plating
  • enameling
  • stonecutting and lapidary
  • oxy-acetylene welding and tumbling

Other equipment includes:

  • drill presses
  • rolling mills
  • hydraulic press
  • horizontal and vertical bandsaws
  • metal lathe
  • chop saw
  • wax injector
  • vulcanizer
  • ultrasonic cleaner 
  • steam cleaner
  • buffing equipment
  • pressure and vacuum pot
  • sandblaster
  • jump and beverly shears
  • sanders
  • grinders
  • box break
  • scroll saw
  • gas forge
  • flexible shafts




Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft