Our mission is to inspire students to think critically and ask the right questions about studio practices as they relate to environmental and personal health.

Starting conversations regarding wise studio practices early on, coupled with the volume of students in any given studio, will create a capillary effect of awareness in the field.

Ethical Metalsmiths Students (EM Students) utilizes and exemplifies the significant impact of students, so they may have greater voice in shifting the contemporary conversation within the jewelry and metalsmithing fields.

We have developed projects that give students a platform to share the variety of ways that they consider ethical studio practices. 

 Photo Credit Ariel Hodge

Photo Credit Ariel Hodge

Our projects:

  • So Fresh + So Clean Student Exhibition

  • Emerging Artist Award

  • #MakeItEthical Social Media Campaign

  • CriticalSmiths Poster Series (coming soon)


These projects are coordinated by school chapters of EM Students. 

Student Exhibition: So Fresh + So Clean

Emerging Artist Winner: Michael Hull

Emerging artists are chosen from the the applicants of So Fresh + So Clean. The Emerging Artist is awarded $1000, receives a featured page on the website, an interview and the opportunity to work on EM Student projects.

All of our Winning Emerging Artists:

Our STUDENT Members



Would you like to start a EM Students chapter at your school?

Contact Lucy Louise Derickson at emstudentcommittee@gmail.com


EM Students founding chapter is based out of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in Richmond, Virginia under the faculty advisor Susie Ganch.

EM Students:VCU is responsible for organizing So Fresh + So Clean, the #MakeItEthical social media campaign, and have been EM Students representatives at SNAG each year, where they give out screen printed studio rags and other fun SNAG swag.

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EM Students newest Chapter is based out of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia under the faculty advisor Elizabeth Shaw.
EM Students: QCA is the first to participate in the CriticalSmiths Research Series.


We seek to establish best practices in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing fields and share our findings with students, instructors, and the larger community.

Our STUDENT Instagram