David Griffin

Fox Fine Arts Center
El Paso Texas, 79968
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David Griffin
Professor, Art
Department Chair, Art

By expanding the techniques of traditional metalsmithing with the addition of technologies such as CAD, CAM milling and 3d-printing, Griffin looks to create unique bodies of art-work that focus on both one-of-kind jewelry and sculptural vessels. This creative research adds to the visual dialogue within the field of contemporary metalsmithing/jewelry design that he has been involved with throughout his career. The jewelry work focuses on the use of the pendant and chain as its point of departure. Griffin explores memories and narratives to relate to the human experience and strives to make connections that all of us share. The work tends to mix materials and media from the precious, such as gold, silver and gemstones, to the non-precious such as aluminum, rusted steel, found objects, wood and plastics. His vessels allude to narrative interpretation as some of the vessels’ metal elements link them to industrial hardware while the wood components are more traditional in their form and shape thus creating several dualities and points of compositional reference. By breaking the form apart and reassigning it a fabricated element, piercing or other unexpected reference it lures the viewer into spending time in “reading” the compositional concept.


  1. Art
  2. Metalsmithing
  3. Jewelry
  4. Sculpture
  5. CAD
  6. CAM