For the month of October, I will be displaying a curated selection of my copper abstractions, candelabra, and hand-forged copper at the historic Crozet train depot in the heart of the town. Mark your calendars now and plan to meet the Artist at the Second Saturday Reception from 3 pm until 5 pm at the Depot.
Second Saturday Reception:
Saturday, October 13, 2018,
About Crozet Artisan Depot:
Crozet Artisan Depot is the hub for a thriving artisan community in Western Albemarle County. We are a group of artisans dedicated to our work, to building a community for creative people, and to supporting local artisans.
Our gallery shares the old train depot with the Tourism and Adventure Center run by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. We think that is the perfect use for the historic train depot; good for the community, visitors, and artisans!
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
About the Artist
“Copper, in its many forms, is essential to my artistic expression. I love the way it responds to the environment, the way it transforms over time, and how it moves and spreads when worked with hammer and anvil. I love combining found, overlooked, and ordinary objects in unconventional ways. I use tools passed down from my father and grandfather in my studio every day, and cherish the craftsmanship I learned from them.
Surface transformation using hand-aged verdigris and hammered detailing has long been a part of my process. Four years ago, I began experimenting with making abstract art on copper using live leaves and chemicals. I discovered that the tannic acids and nutrients in leaves react with the copper and the acids used in traditional patinating methods. The structure of the leaves creates a micro-environment for the chemical reaction to take place, and the days-long process renders an etched and verdigris image on, and in, the surface of the copper.
A class in copper bowl-making in 2017 re-energized my interest in forming copper. Texturing hammers and found object forms help bring intricate surface detail in my hand-hammered bowls. Additionally, I have incorporated many of the bowl-making forms and tools into my candelabra work, and find that working a single material in myriad ways keeps me fully present to my process. Pushing the boundaries of a medium is where the light comes in for me.”