Rings: Fine Metalsmithing and Stone Setting
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Rings are complex objects that have been used throughout history to bind relationships, indicate identities, define allegiances, and reinforce systems of power. In this studio class you will learn a number of fine metalsmithing techniques, including methods of cutting, filing, soldering, and polishing sterling silver. You will bezel-set a semi-precious cabochon stone and practice fabricating simple prong settings. You will have the opportunity to make several streamlined bands and at least one stone-set ring. Short readings that contextualize the ring as a significant object throughout history will be introduced, and you will learn how to use this information and historical source images to design your own contemporary examples of this ancient object of adornment.
Experience with fine metalsmithing is not required, however, students with prior training will have the opportunity to explore familiar techniques in new ways.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Visual arts, craft, art history, material culture studies, teaching.
Credits per quarter
$80 for project supplies
Class Size: 18
Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.