Have you ever wondered how that beautiful smooth stone in the ring on your finger was created? With skilled hands and a discerning eye, the stone is formed through the lapidary techniques of cutting, shaping, and polishing. On Friday, May 8th at 11:00am PST, Jewelry & Metal Arts instructor Alexis Pavlantos invites you into her studio for Basics to Lapidary, a virtual workshop demonstrating how to use lapidary tools and techniques to create a basic cabochon—a non-faceted gemstone—by starting with just a rough specimen.
- 2019 SNAG conference basic registration waiver
- 1/4 page ad in Metalsmith or Metalsmith Tech
- 1-year free membership (to be applied to your next year)
- A box of SNAG swag (apron, water bottle, sticker and more)
While there may be a lot of uncertainty and restrictions during these trying and unusual times, you can still draw visibility to your artwork through various online competitions and exhibitions. Whether you're entering previous work from the past year or creating new pieces that possibly address the challenges of the global pandemic, it's important you continue to engage with your craft and the field. Here are some fantastic opportunities coming up this spring and summer 2020:
Are you looking to photograph your work but are limited on resources and budget? Try creating this DIY lightbox to capture the right shots for your final portfolio and Spring Show submissions. Also included below is a list of websites and articles that may be helpful for photographing your pieces. Great images are an essential part of your jewelry marketing, and there is always something new to learn.
The Halstead Grant is an annual competition for emerging jewelry artists working primarily in silver. Applicants are asked to submit answers to 15 business questions, in addition to design portfolios, for the opportunity to kick-start their jewelry career. Since 2006, the grant has enabled entrepreneurs to find their place in this challenging industry by helping them to develop a strategy for successfully managing a new business.
Among those applicants for 2019 was BFA-JEM alumna Colleen Schwarz, who found herself as a Top 10 finalist and the recipient of prizes including a cash grant, trophy, and a Halstead book feature with the other winners. Since graduating from the Academy in 2014, Schwarz has remained proactive in gaining a foothold in the field by setting business goals and building on the vast knowledge she acquired from past opportunities. Continue reading below to learn about her experience on the grant application process and her advice on overcoming hurdles to start the next chapter of entrepreneurship.
The JEM Club's biannual gemstone sale with Cory's Custom Creations returns this semester on Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Join us at 410 Bush room 280 and choose from a great selection of cabochons and faceted stones to use in your projects! Open to all Academy students. Cash, check, and credit card accepted.
Spring Show 2018 JEM Club Award Trophy
Attention all current Jewelry & Metal Arts students! The JEM Club is now accepting entries for the 2019 JEM Club Award Trophy Design Contest! The best designs will be transformed into the trophy to be presented to the receiving JEM Club Award candidate at this year's Spring Show Awards.
With works created in last spring's Enameling 1 and 2 classes, four JEM students—Hsiao Han "Lucy" Huang (BFA), Chia Chen "Sabrina" Hsu (BFA), Mehrdad "Nomi" Bagherpourhamedani (MFA), and Mengyun "Mia" Xiong (BFA)—have been accepted into this year's Juried Student Exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society!
From competitions and exhibitions to grants and publications, find out what opportunities await this Spring/Summer 2019!
October 15 through November 30, 2018 is SNAG Membership Month! For new and expired members, join or rejoin SNAG between the aforementioned dates and you will be entered into a drawing for one of these prizes:
Four memberships for the price of three: There is an additional discount when four or more students sign up on the same form! Sign up with the JEM administrator in room 210 by Wednesday, November 21.
Design by JEM online instructor Chrystal Sunshine
Ready, set, bid! Academy of Art University's 23rd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction makes its way back to the Cannery on Saturday, November 3. From oil paintings and printmaking pieces to sculpture and jewelry, half of the proceeds of each sale benefits our students through scholarships awarded at the annual Spring Show; the remaining half goes directly to the artists themselves. Catch a small preview below of the spectacular jewelry up for sale, all hand-crafted by our very own JEM instructors and alumni.
Photos courtesy of Leslie Kail Villarreal
Sponsored by the JEM Club, join local jewelry artist Leslie Kail Villarreal for a free demonstration on using etched steel plates to achieve custom rolling mill textures. Building on current curriculum in the Jewelry & Metal Arts program, the technique covered will offer students a new approach to designing custom-patterned textures on metal. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm, at 410 Bush room 120.
Close out 2018 with a bang by applying to these phenomenal competitions and exhibitions slated for next year. Make sure to check back for more opportunities and updates!
Welcome to the Fall 2018 semester! Now that you have made it through Week 1 and are settling into your classes, take a look at some of these upcoming events that will give you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students, network with professionals, as well as boost your portfolios and resumes.
Are you interested in working with young children and teens in art education? Do you have the skills, creativity, and enthusiasm to teach various jewelry-making techniques in a culturally diverse environment? Dragonfly Designs is currently seeking interested applicants in jewelry instructor positions for after-school enrichment programs, camps, and birthday parties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most immediately, they are looking to hire teachers for their fall after-school enrichment classes which will begin at the end of August. See below for more information and how to get involved!
Check out these fantastic final projects from our level two (Jewelry & Metal Arts 2) and Enameling 1 & 2 classes this past spring semester. Great work, JEM students!
Learn about all upcoming competition and exhibition opportunities below!
A selection of MFA alumna Yolanda Chiu's thesis work is currently on view in Florida CraftArt's Dolls and Where They Live exhibition. Among the diverse range of dolls submitted by over 30 artists, her automaton piece, Reborn, received an honorable mention during the opening reception.
JEM Spring Show 2018 award-winning students with faculty and staff. Photo courtesy of Dale Beevers.
Continuing a new Spring Show tradition, the Jewelry & Metal Arts department once again brought on faculty and staff to design unique trophies for this year's awards ceremony. Scroll down below to see which students took home the prizes!
Every year, the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America) Vision Awards celebrate outstanding craftsmanship, skill, and innovation in the field of jewelry design. The JEM family is absolutely ecstatic to share that, this year, MFA alumna Hsinyu "Candy" Chu was awarded second place for Future of the Industry, which recognizes the work of students in jewelry-related programs who exhibit exceptional design talent and creativity. Just two years ago, MFA alumna Jizhi "Gigi" Li had also won a Vision Award under the same category. We couldn't be more proud to witness the success of our former students as they become representatives of what the industry is and can be. Congratulations, Candy!
To view all 2018 Vision Award winners and designs, click here.
Hosted by the Schools of Advertising and Photography, the Art U Collaboration Meetup returns this semester on Thursday, April 5th at the Cannery. Students from all departments are invited to bring their business cards and print/digital portfolios to meet other students they can collaborate with on future projects. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore, get creative, and network with their fellow AAU peers!
Congratulations to Wonhee Kim, Sabrina Hsu, and Ryan Hsiang for being accepted into the Enamelist Society’s 2018 Online Student Exhibition! Out of 76 artists and 147 pieces entered, the three Academy of Art University BFA-JEM students were among the 32% selected for jurying.
We're so proud to share that alumna Leah Aripotch will be holding her first solo exhibition this Saturday, March 10 at Lost & Foundry Gallery. You can expect to see a wide range of Leah's work, spanning her formative early pieces, never-before-seen sculptures from her newest series, a select collection of jewelry, as well as some of her iconic pieces from the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Find out about all upcoming competitions and exhibitions this spring!
Cover of 1968 Magazine featuring Azita Mireshghi's piece, Majesty. Photo by Giuliano Bekor.
With one of her thesis necklaces, Majesty, landing the cover, eight of Azita’s bold pieces can be found in the Winter 2017-18 issue of 1968 Magazine, an upscale fashion and art magazine dedicated to providing original and creative editorial content. Azita discusses her recent success and the collaborative process in an interview with Academy Art U News, emphasizing the importance of high-quality photos and attention to styling to truly make portfolio work shine.
In their first exhibition as Academy of Art University Jewelry & Metal Arts alumni, MFA graduates Li-Yun "Rita" Hsing, Xiaoxin Hu, and Jieun "Jeanne" Oh join together to present Triptych. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cannery. See below for more details on the show as well as background information on their inspiring thesis work.
Hosted by the Academy U Styling, this networking event is a great opportunity for fashion stylists, photographers, fashion designers, jewelry designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists to meet and collaborate on photoshoots for their portfolio. All attendees must bring their business cards and portfolios/websites.
With the meet-up now less than a week away, be sure to register as soon as possible!
What: Academy U Styling Network Event
When: Thursday, February 15 @ 5:30-7pm
Where: Art Café @ 655 ½ Sutter St
Start your journey. Create your legacy.
Student Hsiao Han "Lucy" Huang found a new way to express herself upon coming to the Academy of Art University's Jewelry & Metal Arts program. Though the jewelry-making process can be challenging, she finds the product of her labor to be that much more gratifying. Her colorful work has since been featured in gallery events including the annual Spring Show and JEM's Past, Present, Future II exhibition.
The Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) Club presents How to Photograph Your Artwork for Success on Monday, December 4th from 1:00-3:00pm at 410 Bush Street, room 101. Featuring special guest Erik Butler, this workshop will cover the technical aspects of photography and the best practices for shooting work for portfolios, juried exhibitions, and more. Learn how to properly set up lighting and equipment, adjust camera settings, and even assemble your own affordable photo kit with materials from Home Depot. All AAU students are welcome!
RSVP by following the link below:
Join the Facebook event here:
The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts is pleased to announce Past, Present, Future II, the second installment of the department's group show featuring the best of the best from its MFA and BFA programs. Running from November 1st – December 31st, the exhibition joins together both current students and alumni as they showcase a diverse range of works from over the years.
Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cannery. Food and drinks will be provided!
Image: Crystal Gauntlet (2016) bracelet by Ryan Hsiang
Calling all jewelry and metal artists! These deadlines are quickly approaching, so don't miss the following opportunities to submit your best work:
The School of Fashion and School of Jewelry & Metal Arts once again joined forces on the runway for the annual showcase of the departments' creative and stylish designs. This year's Graduation Fashion Show featured JEM-BFA students Ryan Hsiang (with Jeanne Marie Sanguinetti, FSH-BFA), Pei-Ling "Ann" Tsai (with Jiran Xia, FSH-BFA), Qin "Samantha" Xu (with Joanna Jadallah, FSH-BFA), and Naz Khorram (with Thao Thai, FSH-BFA) as part of the collaboration team. Exploring themes ranging from retro gaming to one's cultural roots, each collection had its own distinct color that harmoniously paired together outfit with accessory.
On March 2, 2017, the JEM Club held the opening reception for its third annual group show of advanced student work at the Cannery Gallery. The exhibition, titled InFlux, provides a platform for all students enrolled in Jewelry and Metal Arts classes, whether they are a JEM-declared major or taking a course as an elective, to showcase their current work. Not only do they have the exciting opportunity to share their craft outside of the classroom and studio, they are also able to learn the intricate details that go into gallery installations.
Photo by Justin Atangan
This year marked a first for our annual Spring Show JEM Awards Ceremony. To honor the exceptional work of our award winners, faculty, along with JEM Club members, were invited to create one-of-a-kind trophies that best represented the techniques (not to mention exemplary patina!) taught in their respective classes. See the results below!
We're nearly halfway through 2017, and we couldn't be more proud of the work our students have exhibited within the year. From awards and magazine features to a third-place finish in a relay race in Yuma, Arizona, it's been an action-packed semester for JEM. Check out our recent successes below and see what some of our alumni have also been up to!
The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts congratulates two of our alumni, Ashley Lagasse and Zoe Cope, for their success with their new business, Birds N Bones!
Having created three mini collections between August and November, the duo recently launched their first client-curated collection titled Entomology. All jewelry can now be purchased on their website at www.birdsnbones.com. Take a look!
Check out our star student Yolanda Chiu's work! She created this stand for her doll in JEM's Kinetics and Mechanics class.
Ever see your style icons on shows or movies wearing impeccable jewelry? Or even jewelry that's similar to your designs? Accessories Magazine's article* on Screen Style covers TV's biggest hit shows and how you can get your unique jewelry on air.
Read below for the full article.
*Parker, Lauren. "Screen Style: How to Get Your Jewelry On Air." Accessories May 2016: 28. Print.
In this exciting two-day demo and hands-on workshop, students will learn to combine molded hinge designs with miniature pneumatic cylinders and air muscles to create kinetic motion.
Students will build and test miniature air muscles and adapt these devices to their own hinge designs. Sherman will demonstrate how he molds and adapts hinge designs from toys into mechanized metal hinge components and he will also demonstrate how the movement of these air hinges can be activated by an electronic solenoid switch activated by a microprocessor or common electrical toy circuits.
Registration Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $30
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS!
PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO ART U JEM CLUB MEMBERS!
Register online at: https://irashermanworkshop.eventbrite.com
This November 3rd, The School of Jewelry and Metal Arts will present the gallery show, MFA/Jewelry and Metal Arts: Past, Present, Future. The show will focus on MFA thesis artwork. This includes the era when JEM was under FASCU’s department and JEM's earliest graduate students. Additionally, the gallery will display JEM's current students’ theses work. Please stop by the Cannery, in Suite 115, at 5:30 to view the incredible work our students have produced!
2016 has proven to be an exciting year for the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts! Between exhibitions, new classes, and other great events, our students have been very very busy. In honor of their hard work, we have selected a small group of this years graduates to highlight.
"Those Beautiful Little Pathogens"
"Wearing jewelry is special and enjoyable, but because I am allergic to metals and other things, I cannot wear jewelry. As a lover of jewelry, I try to overcome my allergies and deal with the reactions my body has to metal touching my skin. I have gradually come to accept the fact that the allergies win every time. I began to be curious about these tiny pathogens, and how certain tiny organisms have so much power and influence over human beings.
Since I cannot overcome my own allergies, I wanted to conquer the irritants by creating a body of work consisting of jewelry and sculptural pieces inspired by a variety of cells that trigger people's physical responses.
Also, I want to create awareness about people suffering from illnesses. Through this work, people may have a better understanding of the beautiful, yet powerful impact of those tiny cells, and develop empathy towards others instead of judging them from unpleasant appearances."
What’s Next? Exploring a Career Path for Early Career Studio Jewelers
Wednesday, October 26th 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
410 Bush Street, San Francisco, Ca
It’s hard to think past graduation day. Leaving the security of a university metals studio can be a scary step. Where will you make? How will you sell work? Entrepreneurship is intimidating.
Hilary Halstead Scott, the President of Halstead, an international jewelry supply wholesaler will be visiting the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts this October. In her talk, Hilary will outline one path to independence as a studio artist, by incorporating lessons from her lifetime in the jewelry industry, an advanced business education, and over a decade or experience coordinating the Halstead Grant competition for emerging artists.
“Coaching new jewelers is one of my favorite things. I cannot think of a better way to give back to our community. Young artists are bubbling over with questions, ideas and worries. The enthusiasm of newly minted makers is contagious and it never fails to reignite my love for the jewelry world.”
Phew, the first two weeks of the semester have flown by! Here in JEM we are busy preparing for our upcoming JEM Club lead student exhibition, InFlux: Future Directions in Jewelry and Metal Arts. This group show of advanced student work in the School of Jewelry and Metal Arts, represents the diverse body of emerging talent in this exciting program.
Please join us at the Opening Reception on Thursday March 3rd from 5:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: The AAU Galleries at The Cannery @2801 Leavenworth, Suite 112, San Francisco
The exhibition will be ongoing from March 2nd - April 3rd
Diana Garcia, MFA Jewelry Design 2016, was selected as a Juror’s Choice for the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. The competition is hosted annually by the Center for Metal Arts and recognizes excellence in the the art of foldforming. Foldforming is a technique used in metal working where the metal is folded and unfolded to give it a three dimensional form. Diana’s entry impressed the judges at the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition and her work at Academy of Art University continues to show what a gifted jewelry designer she is.
This Columbian native was not always headed on a path towards jewelry design. Before coming to San Francisco, she had an entirely different career before finding her calling in jewelry. Diana took a quick break from managing her brand and preparing her final project to show off some of her work and talk to Fashion School Daily about winning the Juror’s Choice award and let us in on where she finds her inspiration.