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NMSU art students create one-of-a-kind jewelry for sale

Jewelry and metalsmithing students in the New Mexico State University Department of Art will host their 35th Annual Jewelry Sale from 7 a.m.–8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 in the lobby of D. W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, next to Barnes and Noble.


Woman hand stamping a piece of metal
Debbie Jo Baxter, NMSU junior and jewelry artist, is seen here hand stamping a piece of metal she will use to make earrings for the 35th Annual Jewelry Sale at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo)
Woman’s hands holding turquoise stones and small silver charm
NMSU art student Debbie Jo Baxter holds turquois stones with a silver charm on which she has hand stamped peace signs to create one-of-a-kind earrings for the NMSU Department of Art’s 35th Annual Jewelry Show. (NMSU photo)
Head to waist of a man holding up a small copper disc
NMSU art student Jeffery Seik shows the piece he was heating in order to form the metal for jewelry he will be selling at the art show on Monday, Oct. 30. (NMSU photo)

“This semester we have lots of hammer, texture and forming of metals. The students are applying techniques they learn in class and applying that to one-of-a-kind and production jewelry, said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the College of Arts and Sciences. “When we teach art, we try to teach concepts so the students can articulate their ideas into the pieces.”

Items available for purchase include earrings, pins, necklaces and rings. Materials used to create the jewelry include the traditional – silver, copper, bronze - and non-traditional. One student is using casts of teeth to create her jewelry.

Jeffrey Seik, a senior, has created jewelry for two previous sales.

“I should have about 20 to 30 pieces total for the sale,” Seik said. “Making it is very hectic but fun because you get new ideas and the sale itself is satisfying after it’s all done.”

The profits from this sale will be used to support the activities of NMSU students in the jewelry and metalsmithing area.

“I was in last year’s show, I made 25 pieces last year and this year I’ll be making 20 pieces,” said Debbie Jo Baxter, a junior. “I’m currently working on a pair of earrings. I’m setting stones and hanging little charms from them. I’m making hippie meets southwestern so I’m incorporating peace signs with turquois.”

For more information, contact Motoko Furuhashi at 575-646-1238 or motoko@nmsu.edu, or visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.

This sale is open to the public. Visitors should log on to http://auxadminforms.nmsu.edu/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx for a free parking pass.