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.
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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:
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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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!
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!
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!
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.”