Department of Art

Art Studio - Metals/Jewelry 

The study of Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Western Illinois University offers students an education in the fundamentals of using the hand and the creative mind to fabricate well-designed and finely crafted jewelry and small sculpture.

The program introduces a wide variety of metalsmithing techniques. They include both ancient and contemporary metals processes such as fabrication, cold connections, vessel raising, hydraulic die-forming, centrifugal casting, rubber mold making, tumble finishing, chain making, enameling, granulation, photo-etching, reticulation, patination, soldered and fused mokume, stone-setting, and electroplating/forming.

The fine metals used include non-precious metals such as copper, brass, nickel and bronze, as well as precious metals including sterling silver and gold. Students will leave the program with a strong foundation in working with fine metal. They will be well prepared to continue on to graduate school or set up an artist studio of their own.

Faculty

Kat Myers
Professor
Metals/Jewelry 
Office: 110 HPA (Heating Plant Annex)
Phone: (309) 298-1510
Email: K-Myers@wiu.edu
Meet the Faculty

Degree Plan

There are two degrees available in the Studio Art areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art - Art Studio
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art - Art Studio
For more information about Course Descriptions and Programs of Study.