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Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing


Work by Student Artist Jennifer Kinney
Work by Student Artist Jennifer Kinney

The Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing area utilizes historical and contemporary contexts, through research and experimentation, to explore the creation of adornment, functional objects, and sculptural forms.

The Jewelry and Metalsmithing area at MSU Denver is the only university level jewelry studio in the Denver metropolitan area. Our curriculum encourages you to pursue your personal artistic and career goals in jewelry/metals while developing a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary metals techniques. The curriculum is designed to broaden students’ understanding of the field and its historical and contemporary context through research and experimentation. Throughout the curriculum, you will be challenged to develop your own personal style while building a repertoire of techniques. Upper division courses integrate non-traditional material exploration to question historic notions of value, ask students to consider the conceptual implications of creating work for the body, and explore the cross-disciplinary opportunities of the medium. 

Download Degree Requirements:

Art Major, B.F.A.



The Jewelry and Metalsmithing area provides 16 individual workstations in addition to separate casting, soldering, enameling, and forming areas. It was renovated in the summer of 2020 to build out a designated centrifugal casting area, new hoods for chemical-based processes, and brand-new ventilation throughout.

The studio facility consist of the following:

  • Individual benches with a variety of hand tools
  • A communal tool cabinet with extensive hammers, draw plates, chasing tools, setting tools, and various other specialty hand tools that can be borrowed by students for in-studio use
  • Rental tool kits for students taking beginning level courses
  • 4 large natural gas and compressed air torches for annealing
  • 4 acetylene and air torches for soldering and brazing
  • An oxygen-acetylene micro torch for small scale soldering operations
  • A large oxygen-acetylene torch for casting
  • 2 chemical hoods for pickling, etching, electroforming, and patina processes
  • A variety of anvils, mandrels and stakes for metalsmithing
  • Rolling mills
  • Metal shear
  • 36" sandblaster
  • Scroll saw
  • Centrifugal and vacuum casting equipment
  • A large burnout kiln for casting
  • Vulcanizer for rubber mold making
  • Small and large drill presses
  • A belt sander, disk sander, and grinder
  • Polishing machines
  • Hydraulic press
  • Tumblers for mass finishing processes
  • Ultrasonic cleaner
  • Steamer
  • Small and large enameling kilns
  • 10 Flexshaft stations

View of the Metalsmithing Studio 


image of Jewelry/Metals Faculty, Leslie Boyd

Leslie Boyd
Assistant Professor - Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Area Coordinator


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Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.

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Leslie Boyd is an artist, jeweler, and educator whose practice sites itself on the body. Her research interests include cultural appropriation, social practice, gender and contemporary US political identities/affiliations. She studied Metalsmithing + Jewelry at Pratt Institute (BFA) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). Leslie has exhibited throughout the US and in venues abroad such as Ghost Gallery in New York, the super+Centercourt Gallery in Munich, Germany and at Object Rotterdam in Holland. In 2018 Leslie launched an ongoing project called Making Progress: Resources for Social Justice in Craft which aims to compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice.

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