Blacksmithing 2015 Series at the Center for Metal Arts: Skills and New Work from the Age of Iron

At the blacksmith teaching Center for Metal Arts in downstate NY, one of humanity's oldest arts still has new things to show us about fire and iron. Hands-on classes with working artists teach old arts to students new and advanced.
Bronze Study 1 by Frederic Crist, FACrist Metalsmith
Bronze Study 1 by Frederic Crist, FACrist Metalsmith
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WARWICK, N.Y. - March 4, 2015 - PRLog -- The 2015 Workshop Schedule in Blacksmithing at the Center for Metal Arts builds basic and advanced skills around the forge. Hands-on weekend projects and longer sessions teach techniques for using the natural organic movement of iron at forge heat to build authentic, interesting forged works. The workshops explore new works at the forge, as well as the making of the tools that make great work possible.

In BLACKSMITHING FOR THE SCULPTOR, metalsmith Frederic Crist teaches forgework as fine art, using the expressive nature of hot work. The workshop on March 27-29, 2015 is a 3-day sculpture-building intensive, where students learn to use techniques at the forge under the guidance of blacksmith sculptor Frederic Crist. Classically trained in both art and blacksmithing, Crist uses the organic movement of iron and bronze to great effect in his own sculptural works, which can be seen at

Frederic Crist has worked as a sculptor and metalsmith for the past 36 years designing and building work for private and corporate clients. He has traveled, taught, demonstrated and exhibited internationally, both sculpture and forged craft objects. In 2000 he received a Sculpture Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to create large forged sculpture works using an industrial forge. He has shown work in The American University Art Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Show,  and Crist was featured in Metal Design International 2014.

In Seth Gould's project workshop on May 1-3, A SPATULA WORTH FLIPPING OVER, the making of a spatula teaches forging, refining, and embellishing an object, forging as close to the finished product as possible by separating mass, spreading, drawing out, punching, drifting, and general controlled hand forging. Moving to the bench, this forging can then be refined and embellished using a variety of filing techniques and the introduction to hammer and chisel wire inlay.

Seth Gould is a metalsmith and toolmaker working in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2009 he received his BFA from the Maine College of Art's Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design program. Shortly after, he began the Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts where he was able to enrich his studio practice while working with a diverse selection of smiths over the course of two years. Seth now works full time out of his shop developing a small production line of tools, fulfilling commission work, and making his own body of work. Seth has exhibited work both internationally and nationally, and has taught, demonstrated, and lectured at institutions including Peter’s Valley School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Southern Illinois Metalsmithing Society, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. See

THE DOORKNOCKER with Haley Woodward on May 23-24 is another project workshop that uses building a doorknocker to practice the isolation of mass, hot cutting, butchering, forging tenons, forging brass, and the forging of both precision fit and moving parts. Students will leave with new skills, and their own doorknocker study built in the workshop. As a teaching artist, Haley Woodward can adjust the project to work with beginners as well as intermediate students.

Haley Woodward has been blacksmithing professionally since 2001 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metal Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. As an adjunct professor in Metal Arts at Austin Community College (Austin, TX), Haley teaches a variety of blacksmithing courses ranging from introductory skills to sculpture.  Many craft schools and organizations across the United States have invited Haley to exhibit, teach, or demonstrate technique, including the Penland School of Craft, Forging on the River in Memphis TN, and the Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America.

The culmination of the spring 2015 workshops is COLLABORATIVE SCULPTURE with Jake James, on May 31-June 6. Jake James is an award winning British born and educated Blacksmith creating functional and sculptural work in forged metal. The week-long collaborative sculpture-building, from design to group execution, explores the plasticity of hot iron and expressive possibilities of heavily forged materials. This class will work together to design and build a large sculptural piece under Jake’s guidance. Participants will work on small forging teams, with each team responsible for separate elements of the sculpture. All teams will then collaborate to bring those elements together and complete the whole piece.

Jake James operates his forge from Vancouver Island's inspirational west coast. From large architectural commissions to small and personal sculptural works, he designs from the leading edge of an art that traces its lineage through all the ages of human history.

Resident blacksmithing instructor Patrick Quinn leads blacksmithing projects for beginner and advanced skill levels. His trivet project on March 14-15 teaches INTERMEDIATE JOINERY and is a study in the artful connection. Techniques covered in this class are accurate layout, slitting, drifting, riveting, fullering, hot cutting and striking. Hot cutting will be explored as both a functional and decorative element that demonstrates the plasticity of the material.  The basics of forging and heat-treating tool steel will be addressed, and students will also make and take home the necessary tooling to slit and drift 3/8” round holes.

HAMMER MAKING AND STRIKING with Patrick Quinn, and other tool-making classes are popular recurring workshop sessions, and the introductory classes quickly wait-list.

A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, Patrick Quinn’s work has been featured in Craft Forms 2014 Exhibition, where it won the Jurors Choice award. Quinn was a 2015 Niche Award Winner, a 2014 Niche Award Finalist, and won a 2014 Society for Midwest Metalsmiths Merit Award. His work has been published in Anvils Ring and Metalsmith Magazine. Quinn has taught at the Adirondack Folk School, David Norrie School of Blacksmithing, Beginning Blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and in 2015 will be teaching at the Appalachian Center for Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. See

At the Center for Metal Arts in the 1890's Borden's Creamery Icehouse, workshops are held in a well-tooled working forge studio. Located just north of New York City in Hudson Valley's picturesque black dirt region, the teaching center is near major airports, and information on workshop registration, lodging, restaurants and transportation is at

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