Blacksmithing: Sculptural Forms
2 week course || SCULPT 623 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee: $150
This intensive will start with an introduction to the fundamentals of forging, and move rapidly toward advanced projects. We will focus on the hot manipulation of material with the forge, anvil, and hammer as our primary tools. A referential history of forged ironwork (architectural, functional, and sculptural) will serve as a source of inspiration. Students will be encouraged to produce a site-specific piece based on line and its relationship to chosen surroundings on campus.
James Viste was raised on a farm in Wisconsin, received a Bachelors degree from The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. He is a nationally known blacksmithing demonstrator and exhibitor and has participated in several National Ironwork Restoration Projects including Cranbrook Educational Community and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has worked for studios throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Michigan. He is currently the Manager of Edgewise Forge L.L.C., Detroit, MI; and employed as an instructor/technician by the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.