Undergraduate Course: Jewellery Techniques: Precious Metals and Sand Casting (LLLA07242)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Create distinctive jewellery with exploration into traditional sand casting techniques using precious metals.
This course offers those with some experience of foundation jewellery skills the opportunity to explore the use of precious metals and traditional uses of sand casting techniques. Focusing on small-scale castings, students will create unique contemporary jewellery using individually hand-made two-part moulds which use found objects as the component to be duplicated. The components made by casting will be using sterling silver only, but also does not preclude the use of other materials in the final design.
Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
- Step-by-step demonstration of making the two-part moulds.
- How to melt and pour molten silver into prepared moulds
- Experiment with multiple castings using a variety of found objects to gain a better understanding of the process itself and to which forms, produce the best results.
- Development of personal projects with one-to-one tuition, followed by experiments with test samples to further develop design ideas relating to their research.
- Exploring the relationship between three-dimensional design and how it relates to the body.
- Production and presentation of final project designs.
The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.
Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists or designers with reflection on the context of contemporary jewellery within visual culture and the relationship between the design and function. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate a range of working practices and strategies for recording and developing a visual journal, which explore themes and inspirations to develop personal design projects, supported by contextual research and references.
- Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge and confidence in jewellery making through the use of precious metals and traditional uses of sand casting techniques.
- Selection, presentation and reflection: Demonstrate appropriate judgment to document select, edit and present design ideas and make at least 1 finished piece, that shows a clear correlation between the research, ideas and resolved work.
McCreight, T., 1991. The Complete Metalsmith. Worcester, Mass.: Davis Publications.
Astfalck, J., Broadhead, C., and Derrez, P., 2005. New Directions In Jewellery. London: Black Dog Pub.
Mansell, A., Adorn. 2008. London, U.K.: Laurence King Publishing.
McGrath, J., 2005. The Jeweller's directory of decorative finishes, London : A & C Black Publishers.
McGrath, Jinks., 2007. Jewellery Making: A Complete course for beginners. London.
Astfalck, J., 2006. New Directions in Jewellery 2. London : Black Dog Pub.
Woolton, C.,2011. Drawing Jewels for Fashion. Munich: Prestel.
Journal and periodicals
Dazzle : Modern Contemporary Jewellery, 2016. Available at: www.Dazzle-exhibitions.com. 13 Apr. 2016.
Welcome To Craft Scotland - The Home Of Scottish Craft, 2016. Available at: www.Craftscotland. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
Welcome To The Crafts Council. Available at: Craftscouncil.org.uk. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and understanding of sand casting techniques.
Applied use of three-dimensional design.
Research and reflection on the context of contemporary jewellery within visual culture.
|Course organiser||Mr Oliver Reed
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855