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NMSU’s Art Department prepares for its annual jewelry sale

It’s October and that means it’s full speed ahead for New Mexico State University’s jewelry and metalsmithing students. The NMSU Art Department students are preparing to host their 36th annual jewelry sale from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in the Barnes & Noble coffee shop, 1400 E. University Ave.


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Halloween earrings made by a New Mexico State University student in the jewelry and metalsmithing program for its annual sale Oct. 29. (Courtesy Photo)
Close up of woman wearing earrings
Fall earrings designed by a New Mexico State University student in the jewelry and metalsmithing program for its annual sale Oct. 29. (Courtesy Photo)
Two pairs of flower earrings
Set of flower earrings created by a New Mexico State University student in the jewelry and metalsmithing program for its annual sale Oct. 29. (Courtesy Photo)

The sale will feature unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry created by students in the department’s jewelry and metalsmithing program. Each of them will create a minimum of 30 unique pieces from scratch and also will be responsible for the packaging and pricing.

The students are taught jewelry and metalsmithing from Art Department Assistant Professor Motoko Furuhashi, who is a nationally-renowned artist. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Oakland Museum of California.

“I just love what I do and happy to share my knowledge and skills with students,” said Furuhashi. “I had amazing mentors who helped me to shape who I am. It is my hope to do the same as them.”

In the past the jewelry sale has been held in the main lobby of the Art Department, but this year called for a change of venue.

“We are hosting our jewelry sale at Barnes & Noble on University, because our front door is kept shut due to the new construction for our brand new building,” Furuhashi said. “This will be the special transit year between old to new location.”

The hope for using the Barnes & Noble location this year is that it will create more convenience and attract more people to the event. Furuhashi is very grateful to be able to use this space.

“Thank you for the generous offer by Jayna Whitehead, the manager of Barnes & Noble,” said Furuhashi. “They have free parking and a coffee shop next to us.”

The jewelry sale is an opportunity for these art students to go beyond the classroom experience and understand more about the business they are pursuing.

“Customer service, pricing, business, etc. were all new since this assignment requires all,” said Furuhashi. “Often times there were gaps between academics and real life practice, but this jewelry sale bridges the gap between them.”

The jewelry pieces will range between $10 to $300 and are inspected for high quality. Each item will include the contact information of the student who created it, giving customers the opportunity to commission them after the sale.

“I am so proud and excited to share our talented students’ work with the community,” said Furuhashi.

The profits from this event will be used to support the activities of the students in the jewelry and metalsmithing program, as well as to help purchase tools and equipment for the new art building, Devasthali Hall, that will open in fall 2019.

For more information, call Furuhashi at 575-646-1238 or check out the jewelry sale Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.