Metalworking is a discipline that encompasses the Fine and Applied Arts. Accordingly, the student of fine metalworking must learn to overcome the seemingly intractable qualities of the material to the extent that personal expression with metal becomes fluid and natural. This objective necessitates that the beginning student learns to apply a knowledge of how metal is affected by heat, force, chemicals and abrasion to the more practical concerns of design, function and aesthetics.
The value of jewelry/metalsmithing to a program of art lies in learning about a creative expression involving inherently slow and highly technical processes. The metals discipline requires the development of strong and clear concepts/goals which can be reassessed and modified as new knowledge is assimilated by the student. In addition, concepts such as utility, beauty, production and marketability are integrated with the study of the physical properties of metal for a more complete understanding of the discipline of metalsmithing.