Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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2013 marks the first year a graduating class participated in the full length of the updated curriculum, and although not definitive, Song already has several compelling success stories. Jennifer and Emily are two jewelry graduates who entered SCAD in the same year. They became fast friends early on, and both had different careers in mind for after college. This year, they have become employed by the luxury goods manufacturer Tiffany in their fields of choice; Emily as a designer, at the corporation's headquarters in New York, and Jennifer as a bench person. Given that both students had started at the same time and learned the basic cutting out and laying out patterns was fabrication, which for me was very, very frustrating. Learning how to solder, I thought, 'Oh gosh, this is going to take forever,' I don't even know how many things I've melted," she relates, laughing. "But once you keep practicing and practicing… I said to myself, 'I'm just going to keep working, working, working.' I remember the first time I finally got soldering, and I was sitting there, and I thought, 'Oh oh, so like that!' I took the torch off, I didn't melt it, and it was the best day ever. So, within that course, I did several different projects that CLASS TAKING PLACE in the Jewelry Department building at the Savannah College of Art & Design. 62 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 This private institution has invested considerable resources, human and material, into creating a place where students can remake themselves, and acquire the skills and mental acuity required to become successful members of the arts and crafts community. gone through the same set of core courses, modulated by electives, they represent a good benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of the college's new program. And what does the coursework in one of these areas entail? For a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jewelry, the fundamentals begin with technique training. The introduction class teaches basic methods in metalsmithing such as piercing, filing, basic cold connections, and other fabrication, continuing on to various types of casting, patina-work, and soldering. The touchstone is the final project, where students take their favorite processes and implements them in a piece they fully construct on their own. Kristen Baird, a BFA graduate, excitedly retells her own experience in the class. "The first thing after we have gotten me some awards, which is really exciting that in the first class, they teach you so much that you can complete something that people appreciate." The jewelry syllabus includes other courses, such as Historic Processes and Studio Practices. Historic Processes takes a look at traditional metalsmithing techniques such as chasing and repoussé, as well as granulation, keum-boo, and others. Studio Practices covers various elements of jewelrymaking and concept design and development. The college's graduate program assumes the student is knowledgeable about jewelrymaking, and so has a different focus to its undergraduate division. Critiques are the tool used to push a graduate student's concept and hone critical thinking skills. There are also classes which allow students to concentrate on one particular technique in

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