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Metals and Jewellery Studio

The unifying theme within the Metals and Jewellery Studio is the handcrafting of objects closely associated with the human body, physically or symbolically. The intimate studio based course encourages students to develop an open, experimental approach to materials and making. Students are encouraged to challenge generally accepted concerns for objects in relation to the body including status and sentiment, and to produce work which questions the understanding of what jewellery entails. Experimentation with form, materials and processes, image making, and connections with the body form a basis for carefully considered and constructed objects which become small vehicles for personal expression, and perhaps even suggest new ways of understanding ourselves.

Throughout their time at Monash students consolidate a personal approach to making, individual research is influenced and expanded by theoretical study and creative drawing. As the Metals and Jewellery studio is within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, students have access to a diversity of lecturing staff over the three or four years of their Degree. I would like to acknowledge some staff in particular who have assisted these students over that time; Mascha Moje, Simon Cottrell, Manon van Kouswijk, Roseanne Bartley and Vito Bila.

The graduates address issues relating to current craft practice and make works that display individuality and a high level of craftsmanship. The Graduate exhibition is an opportunity to expose their work to public scrutiny and appraisal. All students participate in the many aspects of staging this exhibition, contributing to their professional experience.

The next few years will require dedication and determination to achieve success in their chosen field of metals and jewellery. I am sure that their constant striving for individual creativity and excellence will stand them in good stead and I wish them every success with their future careers.

Marian Hosking
Metals and Jewellery Studio Coordinator