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Blacksmithing, Jewelry Design, and Metal Fabrication

July 16-27, 2018

This class introduces students to the world of metalworking, with an emphasis on hot forging, jewelry design and fabrication, casting, and manipulation. Students will learn from historical and contemporary examples of this ancient art, and create works of their own design. Utilizing the well-equipped Center For Design hot shop and machine shop, students learn how to forge with a power hammer and hand tools, learn how to weld, learn basic machine tool processes, explore the lost wax casting process, and discover the art of jewelry making.

The creation of blades and cutting tools is explored in depth, and the ancient process of developing  pattern-welded steel will be explored using modern tools and current technology. Students visit studios of local metalsmiths, and view historical works in local museums. Students work in teams and independently, and will have lots of hands-on time to develop techniques and processes associated with metalworking.


Thomas Brown will serve as the program director for the second year of this pre-college program. He currently serves as the studio manager for the Center for Design at Hampshire College. He received his M.F.A. from San Diego State University in metalsmithing and jewelry design, and a B.F.A in jewelry design from California College of Art in Oakland, California. He has been working with metal, glass, and wood for over 35 years as a designer, artist, craftsperson, and teacher. After pursuing a career as a designer of furniture, lighting, jewelry, and functional objects, he returned to teaching. He has taught art and metalworking to college-age students as well as middle school and high school students. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. 

The popularity and success of the "Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing and Beyond" 2016 program has led to a desire to build and expand the program for future summers in a variety of ways, including jewelry making and more metalwork projects.

2018 Important Deadlines

April 13: Priority Deadline for all completed and submitted applications to receive a 10% tuition discount

May 4: Deposit Deadline ($450 deposit must be received in order to secure your spot in the program)

May 18: Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)

June 1: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

2018 Payment and Fees

Tuition: $2,050
Housing: $450
Meals: $420

I learned a lot about metalworking and what it was like to live on campus.

2017 Metalworking Participant

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