Fundamentals of Blacksmithing: The Magnificent 7
Tennessee Tech University, Smithville, TN, May 18-20, 2018
Though a blacksmith can forge objects with infinite design and functional possibilities, the technical methods to create all utilitarian, decorative and sculptural forms at the forge use only seven fundamental processes. Beginner to intermediate level smiths can learn or refresh skills through experimentation with hot iron and making small objects. Emphasize craftsmanship, design, and safe work practices. The goal is to have fun while gaining an understanding of the basic skills required.
John Medwedeff, a full-time artist-blacksmith, has been producing site-specific public sculpture, sculptural fountains, architectural ironwork, and furniture for over 30 years. Medwedeff apprenticed with Jim Wallace at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned his MFA in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Concurrent with his studio work, John has curated exhibitions, taught sculpture and blacksmithing workshops at numerous craft schools, and lectured across the country.
DEMO & TALK
The ABANA 2018 Conference
Meadow Event Park
Wed Jun 27 – Sat June 30, 2018
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John Medwedeff and Medwedeff Forge & Design studio supervisor, Megan Robin-Abbott will demonstrate a fusion of rolled and pressed plate forms with forged bar elements to create abstract sculpture. Medwedeff’s aesthetic choices, engineering considerations, and finishes for outdoor metalwork will be discussed in the context of creating monumental public art.
A full time artist blacksmith, John has been producing monumental site-specific public sculpture, sculptural fountains, architectural ironwork, and furniture for over 30 years. At 19 he began a three-year blacksmithing apprenticeship with Jim Wallace at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and afterward earned his master of fine arts degree in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He opened Medwedeff Forge & Design in 1988. Concurrent with his studio work, John has curated exhibitions, taught sculpture and blacksmithing workshops at numerous craft schools, lectured at universities and symposia across the country, and serves on the Metal Museum’s Board of Trustees.
John creates his work using a range of methods from traditional forging to rolling large pieces of laser cut steel and bronze plate up to 10′ wide. Whether the metal is shaped exclusively with a hammer or the rolls, his designs are informed by the visual language of blacksmithing.