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NMSU jewelry students to sell their creations at holiday sale

Earrings, rings bracelets and necklaces created by students at New Mexico State University will be available for purchase at an upcoming one-day holiday sale at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Campus bookstore.



Crochet necklaces by student Aubrey Callas and other items will be available for sale at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Campus bookstore. (Submitted photo)

"This year's offerings will range from the traditional materials (silver, copper enamels, bronze) to the unexpected (resin, plastic, wood, cast bronze, textiles), unique contemporary jewelry," said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. "All the pieces will be made by students."

The sale will include jewelry priced at less than $30, and proceeds will benefit the metals studio for current and future metalsmithing students. The sale will also help fund visits to symposiums and conferences, maintain the studio and replace specialty jewelry tools.

Furuhashi explained that the process of making the jewelry begins with coming up with a concept, researching that concept, sketching the design and finally, fabricating the pieces.

In addition to designing the jewelry, students have the opportunity to learn business practices, such as meeting deadlines, marketing, considering the display of their work and customer service.

"I encourage everyone to come see our jewelry, shop for the holidays, get inspired and sign up for jewelry classes," Furuhashi said, adding that she hopes to be able to establish a place where consumers can shop for pieces throughout the year. "We are starting to develop a bridge to the community, regionally and nationally. I am encouraging students to apply gallery/store representation to work professionally."

The metals and jewelry students will hold their jewelry sale Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Campus bookstore.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.