College of The Albemarle’s Professional Crafts: Jewelry program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to build a business from their artistic talent. Coursework combines technical knowledge and design skills with marketing and business essentials. Students learn basic and advanced jewelry construction and metalsmithing techniques. Practical experience in design and application of skills learned in the program enable students to develop their unique style and create one-of-a-kind and production pieces.
The Dare Campus of College of The Albemarle, is the only campus to offer the Professional Arts: Jewelry program.
The Dare Campus is located on the Outer Banks in Manteo, NC. The Outer Banks is noted for its scenic beauty and pristine beaches. COA Dare Campus is home to approximately 800 students in certificate, diploma, or degree programs. Continuing Education, Basic Skills, and the Small Business Center serve approximately 1500 students per semester.
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Kathryn Osgood is an assistant professor in the Professional Crafts: Jewelry program. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine and her Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University. Her fabricated and enameled jewelry pieces are inspired by botanical forms and the flora and fauna of her coastal North Carolina environment. She has been published in The Art of Enameling, 1000 Rings, 500 Necklaces, 500 Earrings, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, and The Art of Jewelry :Wood. She exhibits her works nationally and internationally.
Art of Enamel Exhibit - The exhibition featured eighty works of art by twenty-seven artists who embody the finest in American enameling. COA was honored to exhibit such a strong vareity of work in the field of contemporary enameling. The exhibit provided our students the opportunity to see a wide variety of enamelwork styles and techniques. View The Art of Enamel Catalog.
College of The Albemarle jewelry studio has twelve student workbenches fully equipped with the hand tools required for jewelry fabrication. The main studio area also contains a rolling mill, bench shear, hydraulic press, and a forming and raising area with a selection of hammers, stakes and anvils. A second studio room contains soldering stations, vacuum casting equipment, a digitally controlled burnout kiln, and a large enameling kiln, with overhead ventilation.A third room contains finishing and polishing equipment, a beadblaster, band saw, wax injector, anodizer and photo booth. A computer lab offers jewelry students access to Rhinocerous 3D modeling software and Flamingo rendering software, allowing students to design jewelry and produce rendered images of their jewelry pieces. Additionally, the professional arts building has a student gallery and a professional art gallery - all overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Sound.
COA has no residency halls on campus; however, in partnership with The Lost Colony, students may apply for housing at Morrison Grove Apartments, approximately three miles from campus. Overlooking the Roanoke Sound, the apartments are furnished and rents are reasonable. For information, contact Terry at The Lost Colony office (252) 473-2127 x 224. For other housing, contact area real estate offices or check the local newspapers.
For more information contact Kathryn Osgood, jewelry instructor, at (252) 475-9248 or Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean, at (252) 473-2264 x223.
If you wish to make a contribution to the Professional Crafts jewelry program, please send your tax deductible gifts to Joe Turner, Dean, COA Dare Campus, 132 Russell Twiford Road, Manteo NC, 27954. Please make check payable to College of The Albemarle Foundation. Please signify on your check if your contribution should go toward equipment, supplies, or scholarships for students, or undesignated to the jewelry program. You may also contribute online.
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Kathryn M. Osgood
Assistant Professor, Professional Crafts: Jewelry
Dare Campus Office: Jewelry Studio