Cleveland Institute of Art / Robert Muller
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Cleveland Institute of Art / Robert Muller

Light metals and jewelry offer many possibilities for working and creating in a variety of materials and processes, but usually with a foundation of solid working knowledge of nonferrous metals and metalsmithing. Some people concentrate on making unique objects for a single customer. Others move into larger-scale designs for a wider market, such as mass-produced jewelry or table settings. The work settings parallel this format, ranging from single-artist studios to larger companies. But in all cases, a knowledge of the materials must combine with a sophisticated sense of form and style.


California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland, OH

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, MI

Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus , OH

Maine College of Art & Design

Portland, ME

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)

Halifax, NS

OCAD University

Toronto, ON

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA


Alberta University of the Arts

Calgary, AB

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Boston, MA

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

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Carrie Bilbo | Jewelry Designer

In the few years since graduating, Carrie Bilbo (Pratt, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, BFA ’09), has made a dramatic entrance into the rarefied world of fine jewelry design. Bilbo’s incorporation of cicada wings in necklaces and rings—described as “edgy and chilling” by Nylon—have gained recognition as beautiful body ornaments, and received media attention in Vogue, Sublime, and New York magazine’s blog The Cut, NBC New York, InStyle magazine, and Art Jewelry Forum.