“I work primarily with a technique called angle raising. To briefly explain the basics of the process, I begin with a flat sheet of metal, usually a disk, and using special hammers, slowly form it over various shaped metal stakes. This hammering makes the metal brittle, so to prevent it from breaking I must repeatedly anneal it. Annealing is a process of heating and quenching the metal to return it to a soft, malleable state. Once I have the desired form each piece is completed by soldering on a rim, and finishing the surface with either a patina or gilding.
Treasure! This is something I’ve been thinking about recently. I hear people referring to my vessels as “treasures” and realize it is what I’ve been creating. Is this some subtle influence from all those sci-fi/fantasy novels I read as a kid, and to be honest, still read from time to time?
But what is it that I treasure? Clearly metal is one thing. It’s such a fascinating substance. I love the way it moves under a hammer, the colors it is or will become, the way its lustrous shine dances with light. The copper, silver, and gold I use the most all occur in the natural state. I like the romance of thinking I could be out exploring some forest, find some nuggets of metal, perhaps along the edge of a stream, and be able to work this into new forms.
I also treasure the soul of a thing, spiritual matters. This facilitates the living of our material existence and spans beyond, perhaps even to timelessness. I find it intriguing that before gold was seen as money, it was the material of the gods. Why does it have this long association with spirituality? I don’t know but the radiance it possesses on the interior of a vessel expresses this treasure of existence well.”