Otago Polytechnic

STUDIO DISCIPLINES

 

Jewellery and Metalsmithing

Jewellery & Metalsmithing have in common a long craft history and a more recent place within visual arts. The rich tradition of object making has shaped a visual language that is based on interaction, communication and contact. Work that is sited on the human body offering adornment, protection or that which signifies a body’s identity within society defines the core of this discipline. In this role Jewellery & Metalsmithing may function as a social or cultural identifier. Jewellery & Metalsmithing generates a set of malleable boundaries that define the discipline. Those boundaries are constantly challenged, questioned & extended.

 

  • Andrea Muggeridge

    Andrea Muggeridge

  • Haonan Ran

    Haonan Ran

  • Rachel O’Connell

    Rachel O’Connell

  • Michelle Wilkinson

    Michelle Wilkinson

  Programmes

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Translate your creativity into a career! A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in an exciting and diverse range of professions such as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)
Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts
If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual goals and requirements.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts
If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Fine Arts
Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

  Lecturers and coordinators

Studio Co-ordinator: Andrew Last, MA (FA)
Andrew is the Studio Coordinator for Jewellery and Metalsmithing and has worked at Otago Polytechnic since 2001. Originally from Australia, he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Gold and Silversmithing from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and undertook a craft traineeship in 1988 with leading Australian jeweller, Susan Cohn. Andrew is represented in several Australian gallery collections, has exhibited all around the globe and has undertaken numerous guest lecturer speaker positions.

Lecturer: Johanna Zellmer, MA (VA)
Johanna Zellmer completed a formal apprenticeship as a goldsmith in Germany and a master's degree at the Australian National University Canberra School of Art. As Senior Lecturer in Jewellery and Metalsmithing her research interests are the construction of national identities and cross-cultural matters. Research projects have been shown internationally and were presented by Dr Pravu Mazumdar at the Die Neue Sammlung, The International Design Museum Munich, in his keynote fo the Schmuck 2013. In 2014 her work was also selected for The Parkin Drawing Prize.

Technician: Brendan Monson, BFA

  Facilities

The Jewellery and Metalsmithing studio offers terrific facilities in a welcoming space. Senior students have dedicated home spaces and their own work bench.  Shared facilities include:

  • A room with 18 work benches, each with jeweller's hand tools and gas torches
  • A workshop with diamond grinding and cutting machines for stone work
  • A machine room with lathe, band saw, drill press, belt sanding machines and polishing motors
  • A hearth room for melting, casting, soldering and hammering
  • A chemical room with fume cabinet.