The Many Modes of Metal

There are vessels, there are art sculpture pieces, there are cooking and culinary tools of the trade. All are stunning representations of the vast differences occurring within the same craft form. Today we bring you three artists from this year’s show with three very different approaches to the medium of metal in fine contemporary craft.




Stacey Lee Webber

Philadelphia, PA

As a contemporary artist, Stacey cherishes working with found materials whose history is physically evident. Her work is often described as meticulous, pushing the boundaries of everyday recognizable objects to the point of unidentifiable. Through material, she strives to make artwork that interests a broad range of viewers and challenges their preconceived notions of the objects that surround them.

Carl Zachmann

Fergus Falls, MN

These kinetic works explore the designs, textures, and movements of the industrial revolution. The gears are created based on the designs of originals from the time period. They are cut from sheets of steel before being layered and welded together in a method that mimics the casting process of the period originals. The raw gears are then distressed to give them a vintage appearance. The finished piece, set in motion by an electric motor and set against a static background of distressed metal accented with vintage hardware and graphics, pays homage to America’s industrial past in an increasingly electronic world.

Sara Thompson

Vineyard Haven, MA

I am a silversmith creating utilitarian objects and vessels which accentuate how subtle changes in a familiar shape alter how we address those same objects while reintroducing play back into that interactive relationship. I am drawn to the simplicity in the process of taking a flat, two dimensional sheet of silver and hammering it into a three dimensional object. The resulting vessel is a form we encounter every day, an object that both occupies space and contains it.

Wendy Stevens

Boyertown, PA

All pieces are made of etched stainless steel with leather and metal components and are hand fabricated with precision for durability as a versatile, modern accessory.

Joy Stember

Abington, PA

I am a metal artist who specializes in contemporary pewter Judaica and objects for the home. I create heirlooms for a new generation of collectors by reinventing the idea of traditional pieces to appeal to a modern family. My art is inspired by the long lines and repetitive nature in urban landscapes with inspiration from mid-century design. I use a variety of metals such as pewter, brass, bronze, silver and copper to produce my designs.

Yates Spencer

Lexington, VA

This hand crafted cookware has been created around the unique cooking properties of carbon steel, ergonomics and the playful nature of decorative forged metal. The fluid designs are the fruit of decades of exploring and refining original blacksmithing ideas that grew from a fascination with the expressive plasticity of iron. The results are skillets and woks that conduct extremely well, providing fine temperature control.

Bryan Schultz

Kenosha, WI

Each buckle takes me months to design. I carve all of the original models out of wood and sculpt each piece until it feels right. I use a combination of steel, magnets, and puzzle-like precision to open and close the buckles. The design process merges engineering, sculpture and art to create a completely new type of belt. I invented and patented a way to latch a buckle that is fun to open and does not damage the leather.

Martin Moon

West Chester, PA

When I first visited Turkey and walked into a coppersmith's shop, I found three chiseled pitchers nearing completion that were carved with a level of intricacy that absolutely mesmerized me. That sight lit a fire in me that has stuck with me since with any task in life, my biggest gift to the world is to do my absolute best. As I learned to use my diamond tipped chisels to carve thousands of lines into copper, my best work became better and better.

Erica Moody

Waldoboro, ME

2019 Excellence in Metal

Holding and using a handmade piece allows us to experience an intimate connection to not only the piece itself, but to the moment of action it is used for as well as to the artisan who made it. In my studio the spark starts with my hammering and sanding sheets of brass and copper to sculpt forms inspired by antique utensils and traditional metal craft techniques. As my designs develop in the material, I aim for a purposeful simplicity with a focused attention to retaining a presence of human connection and careful craftsmanship.


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