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Jon Havener
Lin Stanionis
Tom Tivol
Phil Voetsch
Gina Westergard


A variety of studio design courses are offered, including jewelry design, holloware, enameling, rendering, professional practices, gemology and historical seminars. Students may choose an elective or major course of study. Each student has personal workspace and locker facilities.

Students may choose a design direction that best complements their personal professional goals. Based on each graduate's individual needs, they may choose a professional direction from a variety of areas, including design for the jewelry and silversmithing industry, retail or wholesale jewelry business, commission work, gemology, trade shop, custom design studio, teaching, or consulting.


The Metalsmithing studio is a new facility, completely renovated in 1990 with state-of-the-art ventilation and safety equipment. The studio is 3,800 square feet, divided into seven rooms. There are separate areas for smithing, plating/electro-forming, a finishing room with a bead blaster, dual speed exhausted buffers, belt sanders, grinder and stake polishing machines. The enameling facility has work space for twelve students with access to four kilns.

The metals shop has a studio space for sixteen majors, a studio for sixteen beginning students, along with a separate graduate studio that accommodates four to six students. The graduate studio is equipped and maintained for graduate use only and allows the student to develop an individual bench space. The metals area is located on the second floor of the Art and Design building with large windows in every room giving a panoramic view of the campus and abundant natural lighting. The studio has major equipment including an anozider, a uni-mat lathe, hydraulic pressing, two rolling mills, gas fluxer, large smithing stakes, a box bender and a variety of Di-Arco sheet metal tools. The studio also has a modest library and a catalogues collection of 2,000 slides. There is a supply store (operated by the student Metalsmithing organization, Alpha Rho Gamma) located in the studio, offering tools and materials at non-profit cost.

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For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2011
For students who entered KU Fall 2011 or later

BFA (undergraduate)

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MFA (graduate)


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