Goldsmithing and Silversmithing Workshop

Bernhard Müsch-Maas

Feinwerkstücke, Mirjam Fee Barsties, Kai Schmitzer, Guido Naujoks, 2012.

Photo: David Grimm

Students can explore the creative design language of jewellery in goldsmithing and silversmithing. Often degraded to decorative embellishment as everyday accessories, jewellery loses its worth in the industrial consumer world. The workshop demonstrates how individually designed handmade jewellery becomes a work of art, bridging the gap between function and beauty. The boundaries of applied and fine art overlap, creating opportunities for experiments in form and function. 

Students can fashion jewellery or utensils on their own or in supervised courses in the goldsmithing and silversmithing workshop. Imparting artisan expertise and technical know-how forms the basis for experimental work with materials and techniques.



            •           Lathe

            •           Hacksaw

            •           Melting furnace

            •           Grinding stand

            •           Post drill

            •           Compressor

            •           Knuckle joint press

            •           Machine vice

            •           Hand-held drill

            •           Square flat anvil

            •           Pitch bowl

            •           Buff cleaner

            •           Casting investment

            •           Bush chisel

            •           Mushroom-shaped dolly

            •           Flexible shaft machine

            •           Scraper motor

            •           Stretching hammer

            •           Planishing hammer



Course content

•           Planning and crafting pieces of jewellery

            •           Planning and crafting religious and profane utensils

•           Crafting of small tools

•            Instruction in handling tools and materials

•           Preparation and production of jewellery castings

            •           Making of wax moulds and subsequent centrifugal casting

•           Performing jewel techniques

•           Making cast models and processing castings

            •           Enamelling

            •           Chasing

            •           Crafting hollow metal parts, mounted or clamped

•           Casting metal

•           Metal separation and stripping

•           Metal and plexiglass polishing

            •           Hard and soft soldering

            •           Alloying and melting

            •           Lathe work

            •           Practicing surface design techniques

            •           Stonesetting with bezel and prong settings            

            •           Joining

            •           Selecting, preparing, handling and storing materials and equipment





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