All students should familiarize themselves with the Jewelry / Metal Arts Studio Access Policy, listed below, prior to using the facilities.

The studio environment in the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program fosters the exploration of diverse techniques and provides the opportunity to engage in critical dialogue while in a community setting. Located on the beautiful four-acre historic Oakland campus, the program facilities are composed of three studios on the second floor of the Shaklee Building.


About the Jewelry / Metal Arts Facilities

The main classroom has professional jeweler’s benches with flex-shafts for each student. Demonstrations in fabrication, stone setting, and carving are done in this room, where many hand tools and some machinery are located.

The hammer room has an array of stakes, hammers, and forming tools for students to manipulate sheet metal and wire into complex forms, using the ancient practices of raising and forging. The casting equipment and larger torches in this room allow students to transform their wax creations into pieces of silver, bronze, or gold. The hydraulic press easily creates smooth concave or convex forms. Surface development is explored in this room with a sand blaster, polishing machine, and etching station.

“The Streich Zone” is the program's multifunctional room. Class lectures, critiques, and many guest artist talks are held here. It also contains the kilns used for enameling, or fusing powdered glass to create color and images on the surface of metal.

In addition to the three main studios, dedicated rooms for seniors and graduate students are also provided. These upper-level students have their own bench space and storage to help further their studio practice and to facilitate the development of their thesis work.

The Jewelry / Metal Arts Program has a full-time studio manager, who keeps the studio in top shape, continually updating equipment and providing students with technical support and enforcing all safety guidelines and policies.

Additional Resources

Jewelry / Metal Arts majors also have access to a wide range of resources outside the program. Project research is supported by the wide range of books in the personal Jewelry / Metal Arts library and the impressive collections of the CCA library. With permission of the appropriate studio manager, students have the opportunity to work in the metal shop and wood shop used by the Sculpture Program.

Students can also complete an orientation to obtain access to the rapid prototyping studio located at the San Francisco campus, which provides access to the laser cutter and the prototyping machines -- innovative technology that fosters creative and unique forms.

Come join in the exploration of artistic possibilities in the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program at CCA.


·       Natural gas and acetylene torches

·       Sodium bisulfate pickle baths

·       Band saw for wood or metal

·       Sanders (wet or dry)

·       Rolling mills (manual and electric)

·       Hydraulic Press

·       Drill presses and flex-shafts

·       Small precision lathe mills

·       Step sheer, beverly sheer, straight sheer

·       Buffing/polishing machines

·       Metal forming/forging hammers, stakes, and anvils

·       Draw bench

·       Casting equipment (kilns, centrifuge, and vacuum caster)

·       Glass Bead blaster

·       Steam de-waxer

·       Wax injector

·       Etching bath for non-ferrous metals

·       Puk 5 precision impulse welder

·       Ember 3D printer

Access Policy

Studio access is prioritized for students currently enrolled in Jewelry / Metal Arts courses. Intermittent studio access is available to all currently enrolled CCA students with the approval of the studio manager. Students from outside the program who are not currently enrolled in Jewelry / Metal Arts courses should speak with program faculty and the studio manager for access.

The studio requires a minimum two-student presence at all times, and all students must work under the supervision of the studio manager or a monitor. As soon as the last monitor leaves, all students not cleared for unsupervised access must leave with the monitor.

To become a monitor and have unsupervised access, individual students should contact the studio manager to arrange an orientation. Additionally, a safety test must be passed before access can be granted.


Shaklee Building, 2nd floor, Oakland campus

Access Hours

Fall and spring semesters:

Weeks 1-2: 8 a.m. - midnight
Weeks 3-12: 8 a.m. - 4 a.m.
Weeks 13-15: 24-hour access

Spring and summer breaks:

8 a.m. - midnight

Facilities Contact

Tony Esola, Jewelry / Metal Arts Studio Manager