Funding Goal reached, with 7 days left to pledge!
Since we have met the goal, the project is definitely a go. So here is where it gets interesting. As stated in the campaign description, any funds raised beyond the initial goal will go towards making some small billets of Mokume Gane in colored gold alloys for use in jewelry. This will allow for a considerable jump in the development of our studio business by enabling us to expand into high end designer jewelry.
I have done many gold Mokume Gane wedding sets as commissions and I have just added that option as a high end pledge. So , if you are getting ready to make a big commitment to a lifelong adventure, consider making it even more memorable, by launching two adventures at the same time. Then watch them both grow!
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About me; abridged
Hi There, My name is Nathan and I am a metalsmith in the fine craft tradition. My wife Linda and I created a studio in our home called Persimmon Metals where we work both separately and collaboratively making functional metal vessels and jewelry.
We met in the Metals Studio at Humboldt State University and soon found that we shared many interests, none the least, our love of working with metal. While our work was very different, we decided that we made a good team by pooling our skills… and our tools. After graduation we left Northern California for the Midwest so that I could pursue graduate school and a teaching career.
Along the way I discovered a Japanese technique called Mokume Gane, which means wood grained metal. This is an exacting process but the result is purely magical. In simple terms it is a way to combine contrasting metals together to evoke the subtle organic beauty of wood grain on the surface of a metal object.
About my Project
After dedicating the past 14 years to teaching Metals at a small Liberal Arts College, I am now embarking on an ambitious campaign to bring my work to a wider audience. After jurying into the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, I was invited to show at Craftboston. This show is produced twice a year by The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA. Their Holiday Show is among the best in the country.
Since this is such a high caliber show I am really going to have to “bring my A game”! I have made Mokume Gane before but primarily for Jewelry and small objects. Now I want to create a group of larger vessels using this technique for it’s sublime presence. The vessels will be similar in form but contrasted by different copper and silver alloys used in each piece.
Special Thanks to :
The Society of Arts And Crafts, for the recognition
Mark Brim, for making me look great in the video
Beth Pohlman, for her guidance with kickstarter
To You, the Kickstarter community, for your gracious support!
Risks and challenges
Let’s kickstart this!
I have a well equipped studio and years over 20 years of experience working with fine metals. What I am lacking is the funds to do such an ambitious project all at once. Funding for this project will go to: materials, show expenses, and transportation. It is my hope that friends, family and the kickstatrer community can rally behind this project and help me make an awesome new body of work. Any funds raised beyond the initial amount will be used for making some small billets of Mokume Gane in colored gold alloys for use in jewelry.
In a world of mass production and outsourcing everything it is nice to know that there are still people taking the time to work with their hands and their hearts to make things of exquisite beauty. That is what we do! The reward items offered; Linda and I will make together in our studio. Hopefully, some day we will meet you at one of our shows.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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