Heavy Metal

ECC Student Jewelry Project

Fifteen El Camino College Jewelry and Metalsmithing students participated in the Metal Arts Society of Southern California's "Jewelry Challenge" this past spring. All participants received a "challenge box" containing nine items ranging from brass sheet to silver wire and from sea glass to copper mesh. By using five of the nine items in the box, the students were "challenged" to create a piece of jewelry within a six-week deadline. ECC Art Professor Irene Mori provided extra studio workshop days so that the students could complete the challenge, which they had to do while also managing their regular coursework. ECC students were among 132 regional participants, many of whom were professionals and students from four-year colleges and universities. At the conclusion of the challenge, all works were displayed at a luncheon.

Photo: Two-finger ring by Jeffery Simeoni