Mary L Hu
Variable topics introducing issues and practices in metal smithing and jewelry, and their application to contemporary artmaking. Topics include casting and stone setting, ancient techniques, forming metal, production and business practices.
Winter, 2005, there will be one section of 358 topics in Metals. The general topic will be toolmaking. Taught by visitor Dr. Robert Shaw, an anthropologist/archaeologist metalsmith from Anchorage. The class will begin, as did the evolution of tools, with stone. Students will explore lapidary by making cabochon gemstones and agate burnishers. There will be a discusion of the transitional development of stone tools into metal tools. Students will then learn to make steel chisels and chasing tools, including hardening and tempering the steel, and progress to knife making both by forging and grinding (stock reduction). Carving knives, kitchen knives, camping or hunting and fishing knives, etc. will be discussed. Fitting ferrules to the burnishers, bezel mounting of cabochon stones and fitting handles onto the knives will use students' previous metals skills. Students will also learn about the machine lathe and milling machine in making their knives and in using those skills in the final project which is making a riveting hammer.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Demonstrations, assigned projects and discussion/critique of results and experiences and ideas.
ART 258, Beginning Metals, is required. Knowledge of basic bench skills and soldering needed.
Class assignments and grading
Quick experiments to sample the techniques followed by an assigned series of finished pieces.
Participation in critiques and discussions as well as on finished projects. Assessment is made on overall participation and progress rather than as an average of grades on individual assignments.