University of Oregon

Department of Art

Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Facilities  Courses  Faculty

UO Metalsmithing and Jewelry The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon, a lively small city one hour from the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Cascade Mountain range to the east and close to active urban art communities in Portland and Seattle. Area Head of Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Anya Kivarkis is represented in both national and international gallery and exhibition venues and is establishing exciting new directions for the program. Professor Kate Wagle's research areas include adornment and sculpture. Her work is shown and published widely. Recent visiting faculty include Tracy Steepy, Sherry Simms and Bettina Dittlman.

UO Metalsmithing & Jewelry supports an active visiting artist program. Recent visitors in Metalsmithing include Beverly Penn, Bettina Speckner, Maria Phillips, Gary Griffin, Sondra Sherman, Carol Kumata, Fred Woell, Stephen Yusko, Chris Ramsay, Lisa Norton, Charon Kransen, Micki Lippe, Keith Lewis, Fred Fenster, Christina Smith, and former Metalsmith Magazine editor Frank Lewis, with plans for artists/workshops each year in the future.


Metalsmithing facilities are located in the Northsite, a complex of studio spaces that also house ceramics, fibers, sculpture, photography, and multimedia design. The studio is well equipped with hand tools, hammers, stakes, rolling mills, hydraulic press, production casting equipment, spray etcher, and acetylene, oxy-acetylene, and natural gas/air torch systems. The recently renovated studio ventilation is comprehensive for all areas including soldering benches, production casting, chemical and acid hoods, enameling area, electro-forming, and aluminum anodizing equipment. Graduate students are located in a recently renovated, adjoining studio space with its own ventilation, soldering and work areas. A periodical collection and small metals-focus library are also available in the studio.


UO Metalsmithing and Jewelry - Facilities

ARTM 257 Intro to Jewel & Metals (4R)
Repeatable. Explores developing and constructing jewelry and objects rooted in material culture. Introduces historical and contemporary work through image presentations, lecture, and independent research. Repeatable with change of course content.

ARTM 357/457/557 Metalsmithing & Jewlery {Topic} (3-5R)
Further exploration of techniques related to conceptual problems. Content varies by term with a focus on individual processes: hollow-ware, forgin, connections, casting, aluminum anodizing, enameling, stone setting. Prereq: ARTM 258,259.

ARTM 459/559 Advanced Metalsmithing & Jewelry (3-5R)
Emphasis on individual creative development. Various conceptual problems. Prereq: ARTM 457/557


Courtney Kemp

Adjunct Instructor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Anya Kivarkis

Anya Kivarkis

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Coordinator
Associate Professor, Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Office: 210 Northsite C
(541) 346-1571

Kate Wagle

Kate Wagle

Administrative Dir, AAA PDX
Professor, Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Office: 70 NW Couch WSB
University of Oregon
Portland OR 97209
(503) 412-3718