Department of Art
Metalsmithing and Jewelry DesignThe study of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Western Illinois University offers students an education in the fundamentals of using the hand and the creative mind to create well-designed and finely crafted jewelry and small sculpture. A wide variety of techniques are taught within the program. 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 and forming. Metals 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 metals. They will be well prepared to continue on in graduate school or set up an artist studio of their own.
Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design
Office: 110 HPA (Heating Plant Annex)
Phone: (309) 298-1510
Meet the Faculty
Bachelor of Arts - Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Studio Art