Blacksmithing is an ancient form of forming metal into functional objects. In the 20th century sculptors began incorporating forged work into their practice, for example (Am.) David Smith and (Span.) Eduardo Chillida. Women are now discovering this medium and can making a living doing traditional work, while others are incorporating it into their artistic practice.
This 1-2 hour workshop with Oliver Street Studio artist, XXChange co-organizer and juror, and BWMC co-founder, Breon Gilleran, is an informal presentation about blacksmithing, forging ferrous and non-ferrous metal; traditional uses and contemporary practices. Breon will discuss and demonstrate a range of tools, talk about forges and shop requirements, safety, and share local resources. Basic skills will be demonstrated and discussed, according to the needs of the participants. Everyone will have a chance to hit hot metal but the goal of the class is to become familiar with the craft and discover resources available to them in the greater Baltimore region.
Breon recommends that everyone visit the ABANA website, the home of the Artist Blacksmith Association of America to learn more about the blacksmith's in the United States. Also check out a former MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winner (top-drawer) blacksmith artist Tom Joyce. This is an excellent book Loreli Sims, author of the Backyard Blacksmith, one of our premier traditional women blacksmiths.
This event's image is from the cover of the book by Latifa Saysadi: Striking Women, Mild as Steel, which feature's Breon's work.
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