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Jewelry Workshop: Beyond the Brooch
The University of the Arts

CE 1527N 01 Jewelry Workshop: Beyond the Brooch

CE 1527N 01

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Luci Jockel



Summer 2018

  • (Jun. 5 to Jul. 3)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  • Tuition: $275 / Fees: $60
Together we will explore the structural possibilities of brooches. We will investigate the materiality of found objects and work to transform them into wearable mementos using unconventional settings. You will learn to fabricate pin backs, as well as how to set a found object using cold connections such as rivets, pegs, stitches, and more. This course is intended for practitioners looking to expand their approach to jewelry and technical metalsmithing skills.

Course Overview

Each class will be divided between demonstrations, in-class work, and discussions. Students will complete at least one finished brooch by the end of this course. I will be presenting images of historic and contemporary jewelry as well as sharing physical examples of brooch backs. We will be discussing trends in contemporary jewelry to expand our ideas and approaches to jewelry.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Acquire the technical skills to complete a brooch.
  • Learn about the materiality of objects for use in jewelry context.
  • Be able to apply technical and design methods to various objects of different materials, sizes, and form.
  • Participate in critique to discuss concept and construction of finished piece.
  • Learn about trends in contemporary jewelry fabrication.

Suggested Readings

There are no required readings for this course. Recommended but not Required:

“To the Point: Pin Mechanisms and Brooch Back Design” by Daniela Malev

“500 Brooches: Inspiring Adornments for the Body” by Marthe Le Van

Upcoming publication June 2018- “New Brooches” by Nicolas Estrada

For tutorials and additional help it is recommended to visit or for video tutorials. These tutorials are free and/or low cost. You will be able to access for free using your UArts login.


  • A collection of found objects. Examples are: objects found in nature (wood, plants, rocks), household items, recyclable items, etc. Use what interests you, items that you’ve collected that hold meaning for you but would be able to physically manipulate.
  • Any wire or sheet metal you have that you would like to use, although we have resale that will have metal for you to purchase
  • Sketchbook (suggested, for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)

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