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Iron Summer Session 7

Iron Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Meghan Martin
Functional Forms: Designing Tools and Utensils

Students in this workshop will learn the foundational skills of blacksmithing and explore their application to the design of culinary utensils and small-scale agrarian tools. Through a series of assigned projects, students will create a small collection of implements and practice forging techniques such as hammer control, tapering, shouldering, punching, drifting, spreading, and forming steel. Other demonstrations will include cold connections, filing, steel patination, forged surface textures, and more. While the focus will be on traditional hand-forging techniques, we’ll also use a variety of tools and equipment available in the Penland iron studio. All levels: beginners are encouraged, and there will be some advanced material for more experienced students.

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), artWORKS Visiting Artist at University of Arkansas at Little Rock; residencies: Penland Core Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont Folklife Center Traditional Arts Apprenticeship; exhibitions: Penland Gallery, Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Columbia Center for the Arts (OR).

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side view of a wood and metal garden trowel
Meghan Martin, "Garden Trowel," forged steel, palmwood handle, 3 x 10 inches