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Blacksmithing: Sculptural Forms

Mike Rossi
SCULPT 623 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks
Lab Fee $150

This intensive will start with the fundamental techniques of forging, and move quickly into more advanced projects. We will focus on the processes of moving material while hot, and the forge and anvil will be the primary tools of achieving form.  As a corollary, the history of forged ironwork (architectural, tools, and sculpture) will serve as a source of inspiration.  Each student will also be encouraged to make an inflated sheet metal sculpture.


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  Mike Rossi    Mass Effect: Horizon , 2016 forged steel, maple

Mike Rossi
Mass Effect: Horizon, 2016
forged steel, maple

Mike Rossi is the principal of Rossi Metal Design based in Philadelphia, specializing in unique architectural works and sculpture. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, he has a BFA in Blacksmithing from Northern Michigan University, and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA as well as the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He has taught at Ox-Bow School of Art, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Bryn Athyn College and Kalamazoo College, and recently completed the Windgate Artist Residency at San Diego State University.