Art and Design Department

Jewelry and Metalsmithing

The program in jewelry and metalsmithing at GVSU fosters a student’s engagement with technique and craft while reinforcing a dedication to innovation and experimentation.

Regardless of whether they adopt traditional or contemporary practices, undergraduates gain an understanding the art, its historical context and business practices. Introductory courses teach the essentials of metal fabrication, surface embellishment, and simple stone setting. As students advance, they gain expertise in the processes of casting, generating multiples, forging, container forms, and hollowware production. Opportunities to experiment with traditional, contemporary and mixed-media techniques encourage students to develop a personal approach to the medium that integrates their chosen methods with a strong conceptual focus.

Students may pursue a BA or BS in Art Education or a BFA in Studio Art in this emphasis.

Student Work

Metals Student Work

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Jewelry and Metalsmithing Alumni Webpages
Robyn Kane: Metalsmith,
David Huang: Metalsmith,


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Shuying Vogt, a senior BFA Jewelry/Metalsmithing student, was chosen in a open competition as the Education Intern for Art Prize this year.

A Low Tech Ideas for Jewelry/Metalsmithing workshop was held in August for art teachers in District 9 at GVSU.  Renee Zettle-Sterling developed this one-day introduction to encourage teachers to expose the students to the range of possibilities in the field.

Abbey Blodgett, BFA Jewelry/Metalsmithing, has opened the HOT SPOT on Grandville Avenue. This facility offers the opportunity to rent a jewelry/metalsmihting work space monthly or hourly with access tools, equipment and supplies.


Peter Antor, BFA GVSU 2010 and current MFA Metalsmithing at Edinboro University received a residency in North Carolina for the summer.


Current BFA Jewelry/Metalsmihting student, Nicole Groszowloski is employed at  Jensen Jewelers in Hudsonville, MI.





Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

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