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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.
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.
ME109 Fundamentals of Metalsmithing
ME112 Casting and Electroforming
ME202 Hollow Forms and Mechanisms
ME211 Fabrication and Surface Exploration
ME311 Functional Object Metals
ME312 Resins, Moldmaking and Sculpturing Concerns
ME490 Metals Tutorial
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Madeleine Soich, BFA 2015, on left
Deirdre Riley, BFA 2014, on right
The Metals Studio contains equipment for centrifugal and vacuum casting, soldering, annealing, raising and forming, electroforming and plating, enameling, stonecutting and lapidary, oxy-acetylene welding, and tumbling. Drill presses, rolling mills, hydraulic press, horizontal and vertical bandsaws, metal lathe, chop saw, arc welder, wax injector, vulcanizer, sandblaster, jump and beverly shears, sanders, grinders, box break, and scroll saw, round out the Metals Studio facilities.
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