Blacksmiths

Celeste Van Kirk/Observer-Reporter

In this file photo, blacksmith Bob Elliott bends hot metal during a 2016 demonstration.

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Wharton Furnace Road, Farmington, will host the 10th annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In Friday through Sunday.

Held in the Hart Moore Blacksmith Studio on campus, this yearly celebration of all things blacksmithing honors the enduring legacy of longtime volunteer and Touchstone friend, Jim Campbell.

In addition to demonstrations at the forge, there will be an exhibition iron pour by Rivers of Steel. Historically, there has always been a close relationship between forge and foundry practices. In cooperation with the Rivers of Steel organization, the art and practice of these two disciplines will be celebrated for the first time ever at Touchstone.

Demonstrations will be given by artist/blacksmiths Glen Gardner and Anna Koplik.

The center also will host the first Maker’s Symposium Weekend June 1–3, where makers will gather for a weekend of demonstrations, presentations and networking.

This year’s fifth annual Alchemist Picnic, a metalsmithing retreat, is merging with three other craft disciplines to a new dynamic to the event. This is an opportunity for metal, ceramic, glass and mosaic artists and makers to come together to learn, be inspired and network. Collaborations and life-long creative relationships often emerge from such events.

Alchemist Picnic will once again be hosted by noted metalsmiths Wayne Werner and Jim Bové. This year’s Maker’s Symposium Weekend itinerary includes a keynote presentation by artist Rachel Rearick, who will be speaking on the topic of ‘Versatility of Craft: Opportunities and Materials,’ encouraging artists to think outside of functionality and form to consider how materials may apply outside of the craft field. Beyond her career as a maker, Rearick currently serves as the arts and cultural manager for Allegheny County Airport, where she manages the ‘Art in the Airport’ and the ‘Creating a Sense of Place’ programs.

Other artists offering presentations and demonstrations throughout the weekend include Bové, Cyd Rowley, Michael Brehl, Kevin Rohde, Yoko Sekino Bové and Julia Weber. Mosaic and glass presenters will be announced at a later date.

Admission includes food, evening bonfires and the return of midnight fireside casting with Richard Hoff. All makers, artists, craftspeople, arts organizations, guilds, schools and universities are invited.

A special discount is being offered to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs for both the hammer-in and maker’s weekend.

For more information and to register, visit touchstonecrafts.org or call 724-329-1370.

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