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Blacksmithing: Sculptural Forms

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

SCULPT 623 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours,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.

Mass Effect #6, forged steel and maple, 2014

Mass Effect #6, forged steel and maple, 2014


Born in Pontiac, MI, Mike Rossi is the principal of Rossi Metal Design based in Philadelphia, specializing in unique architectural works and sculpture. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and his BFA from Northern Michigan University. He has exhibited at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, in addition to several private galleries. He has taught at Penland School of Craft (NC), Bryn Athyn College (PA), Kalamazoo College, and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. He has been a resident artist at Penland, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Ox-Bow.