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Setting up a Jewelry Metals Studio School

I am a metalsmith artist who teaches traditional art in a private
school in Chicago. The school has plans to expand its Art Department
by adding a metals studio. We need a professional architect or
engineer with experience designing school art rooms, spefically a
metals studio with lots of bells and whistles. We need resources to
help us design a safe, functioning and architecturally efficient
space. I have exerience using metals studios, but not enough to
design one.

Please send me any references/and or resources.

Thank You,
Elizabeth Kariotis

Hi Elizabeth,

You should borrow/buy a book by Monona Rossol titled ‘The Artist’s
Complete Health and Safety Guide’ - it’s available from Amazon. It
highlights safety procedures and proper ways to set-up equipment for
different art materials. It is very thorough and comprehensive.

The Artist’s Complete Health and Safety Guide
By Monona Rossol
Price: $16.47

Product Information
Media: Paperback
Manufacturer : Watson-Guptill Publications
Release data : 01 December, 2001

I had to take an exam given by Mrs. Rossol at the art center where I
teach - it was very eye opening and informative. Through the
resources listed in her book, you will probably find more references
to the you need to properly set-up an art studio for

In fact, anyone who has a home studio or a shop should read this
book, it is wonderful.

Sara Grinnell
Studio C Designs


A number of schools use my book, The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report
as a core text to use when designing new facilities. A description
is here

best, Charles

Hi Elizabeth,

I know of such an organization that would fit nicely. Their firm
designs custom jewelry plants to schools. They understand needs of
metalsmiths and jewelers.

Tell Arthur I said hello.


Karen Christians
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph. 781/891-3854 Fax 3857
Jewelry/Metalarts School & Cooperative Studio