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Hands-on practical experience has high priority in the study of Metal Design. That includes testing projects and functioning objects on whether or not the series is ready to go into production.

Metal Designis somewhere between applied, free art and a design service. In addition to jewelry and objects, containers and vess els are also created. In the competence field of building and room, the borders between free and architecture-related objects blur.

The professionalfield of metal designers is as complex as the material itself. There are those working areas that are devoted to making jewelry and objects, implements and vessels. And there are architecture-related works in metal. In addition to
services and designing tasks for the trades, metal designers are also involved in developing prototypes for manufacturing and consumer goods. They are employed in design departments, take on job contracts from factories or work independently.

Between artistic demands and design. The absence of a full-fledged consumer goods industry in Lower Saxony makes the HAWK, with its design subjects in jewelry and implements, an exception among the northern German institutes of higher education. The distance to any larger industrial production for jewelry gives the students more freedom to develop their own ideas in design without having to heed any specificationsor standards. At the same time, the courses in Metal Design always have a close relationship to the German silver goods industry, which is, however, limited to just a few manufacturing companies today. Consequently, the competence field of Metal Design moves somewhere between artistic demands and design, between free art and design services.

Forging, welding, etching. Basic techniques in the fi eld of gold- and silver-working and steel processing are already taught in the fi rst two semesters of the Bachelor program. Free artistic design courses, such as plastic design, drawing, painting and nude drawing, are also part of the students’ basic training.

Students’ basic training also includes color theory and design techniques along with the basic principles of metallurgy and mineralogy. Also included is experimental design using simple techniques for the three main areas of jewelry/objects, implements/vessels and buildings/room. In addition to developing projects for jewelry/objects, it is just as important to create one-of-a-kind objects as series jewelry. Later, students are introduced to different welding/soldering techniques ( gas, arc, resistance and spot welding ) and forging techniques. This also includes techniques for creating vessels ( non-ferrous metals and silver ), gold-forging techniques, enameling, stone fi ttings, etching and special techniques such as granulating, inlay work and mokume-gane. And last but not least, metal processing using machines is also part of the curriculum.

One-of-a-kind and series in metal design between artistic standards and design.

Brooch Brooch from Melanie Nützel

Candelholder Candelholder made by Eva Ullrich