Meet our artists

We are a collective group of jewelry students and alumni from New Mexico State University. This year is our 38th annual sale and our first time online! All pieces are unique, original, and created by hand either in our university studio or in home studios around the country. Proceeds of the sale will support our artists via workshops, visiting artist lectures, field trip activities and future student scholarships.

Ger Xiong

Ger Xiong is Hmong American who was born in Thailand and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as refugees of the Vietnam War. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Metals and Jewelry at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 2017. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at New Mexico State University, projected to graduate in the Spring of 2021.

Agatha L. Roybal

Agatha Roybal is a native of New Mexico and an NMSU alumni. Now a resident of California she continues to make jewelry out of her home and has recently launched her fist retail website. www.frippery.shop

Jolene Castanon

Jolene Castanon graduated with Bachelor's degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from New Mexico State University and moved to Dallas after College where I became a studio assistant for two contemporary metalsmiths in the DFW area, still reside in Dallas.

Mahsa Yaghoobi Kiaseh

Mahsa Yaghoobi is from Iran. She is studying for a Master of Fine Arts at New Mexico State University. This series of her work is inspired by Qajar’s (an era in Iranian history – 1789 to 1925) architecture. She has drawn this inspiration from her previous education, which was Rehabilitation of Historical Monument in design.

Kayleen Sanchez

Kayleen Sanchez is an nmsu metals graduate who continues on with traditional style jewelry centered around stone setting. She works out of her bedroom but hopes to one day provide herself with a studio of her own to continue on with her more large-scale artistic creations. https://www.blackwidowjewelry.com/

Jacqueline Cervantes

Jacqueline Cervantes is a current BFA student in studio art at New Mexico State University. She has been exploring painting and interested in narrative storytelling through work. These colorful jewelry were created by magazines, which have different story content per piece.

Tatum Gentry

Tatum Gentry was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gentry is a fourth-generation jeweler; taught the skills of the trade by her father and grandfather. Gentry earned her BFA at New Mexico State University and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has exhibited widely in the Southwest with shows in Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Las Cruces. Gentry has also exhibited internationally in Munich, Germany, and Columbia, Argentina where she was also a visiting critic. tatumblankley.com

Carolina Sephra Reyes

Carolina Sephra Reyes is a metalsmith and jeweler living in San Miguel NM. She received her BFA from New Mexico State University in 2015 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2019. Her work currently revolves around the practice of herbalism and natural healing, using imagery and lines she sees in the plants themselves, and using the media of metal as a resource to help convey the ancient, yet vital teachings of herbalism. carolinasephrareyes.com

Betty Hase

Betty Hase grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Missouri where she became interested in metalsmithing but graduated with a B.S. degree in Interior Design. After spending most of her career working at Herman Miller, Inc. as a workplace designer she decided to pursue her passion for metalsmithing. Betty now resides in New Mexico and takes Metals courses at New Mexico State University.

Brontë Procell

Brontë Procell is a student at New Mexico State University. She is working towards her BFA in studio art with a focus in photography. She started her studies at the University of New Mexico where she worked as a photojournalist for the UNM newspaper. She has also interned with a professional photographer and continues to explore new avenues in art. Procell currently lives in El Paso, Texas with her family and many pets.

Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez is an Undergraduate student at New Mexico State University, working towards a BA with a focus on metalsmithing. Initially interested in sculpture, the prospects of expression through jewelry won him over and is now searching for his place in the world of metalsmithing. Currently resides in Chaparral, New Mexico alongside his many, many cats.

Julieanna Lerma

Julieanna Lerma is an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University. She is in her fourth year working towards her BFA degree in studio art, emphasizing in painting and metalsmithing. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school to study for her MFA degree. Julieanna currently resides in Deming, New Mexico.

Bree Evans

Breanna Evans graduated with Bachelors in General Business from New Mexico State University in Spring 2020. Currently she teaches at Artesia Intermediate School where she was born and raised.

Shaunia Grant

Shaunia Grant is an object maker from the borderland southwest currently living in Athens, Georgia. She received her BFA in Studio Art from New Mexico State University and is currently working towards her MFA at University of Georgia. Her work uses found objects and alternative materials combined with metalsmithing techniques.

Credits

Many thanks to the following people for their support throughout this project! Website construction and design by Victoria Trujillo, current student in Graphic Design; Project Co-chair, NMSU Metals Alumni Carolina Sephra Reyes; photographs by current NMSU MFA students Ger Xiong and Donovan Swann; modeling by Yashoda Latkar, Olivia Lemmons, Gustavo Ramirez, Cierra Redding, Ashley Saldana, and Donovan Swann; Website System Support by Sam Steel Cafe at New Mexico State University.

About our program

We offer both undergraduate and graduate classes of jewelry and metalsmithing within the Department of Art at New Mexico State University. We are located in Devasthali Hall, a new art building that opened up on the NMSU Main Campus Fall of 2019. Here, students learn basic to advanced metalsmithing and jewelry. Techniques include: piercing, cold connection, raising, stone setting, chain making, granulation, casting (centrifugal, vacuum, and sand), enameling, etching, forming, anodizing, patination, chase and repoussé, etc. We also provide students with the opportunity to focus, implement, and emphasize an interdisciplinary contemporary approach to exploring innovative concepts, theories, material studies, and new technologies.
If you are interested in learning basic Jewelry and metalsmithing, we offer ARTS 1810 JEWELRY & SMALL METAL CONST I to all students every semester.
For information about our classes/program, please contact Motoko Furuhashi [email protected] .

About our program

We offer both undergraduate and graduate classes of jewelry and metalsmithing within the Department of Art at New Mexico State University. We are located in Devasthali Hall, a new art building that opened up on the NMSU Main Campus Fall of 2019. Here, students learn basic to advanced metalsmithing and jewelry. Techniques include: piercing, cold connection, raising, stone setting, chain making, granulation, casting (centrifugal, vacuum, and sand), enameling, etching, forming, anodizing, patination, chase and repoussé, etc. We also provide students with the opportunity to focus, implement, and emphasize an interdisciplinary contemporary approach to exploring innovative concepts, theories, material studies, and new technologies.
If you are interested in learning basic Jewelry and metalsmithing, we offer ARTS 1810 JEWELRY & SMALL METAL CONST I to all students every semester.
For information about our classes/program, please contact Motoko Furuhashi [email protected] .