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Create a new group of hammered metal vessels and serving pieces in Sterling Silver and Mokume Gane to show at Craftboston Holiday Show. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 9, 2013.

Create a new group of hammered metal vessels and serving pieces in Sterling Silver and Mokume Gane to show at Craftboston Holiday Show.

Boston, MA Art
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http://www.persimmonmetals.com

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!

Now that we know we have a cake, help spread the frosting... and spread the word about another successfully funded KICKSRTER Campaign. LIKE it, SHARE it, TWEET it, PIN it... what ever you do. Be sure to add a note about your connection to me or my work.

Thanks, for all of your interest and support.

Nathan

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.

Copper,Silver & Shakudo earrings
Copper,Silver & Shakudo earrings

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.

The Rewards

""Twisted Taper" earrings, $50.00 pledge
""Twisted Taper" earrings, $50.00 pledge
"Disc and Hoop" earrings, $85.00 pledge
"Disc and Hoop" earrings, $85.00 pledge
"Dome in Arch" earrings, $125.00 pledge
"Dome in Arch" earrings, $125.00 pledge
Forged bracelet with pearl, $200.00 pledge
Forged bracelet with pearl, $200.00 pledge
"Milk Ladle"  $1,000.00 pledge
"Milk Ladle" $1,000.00 pledge
"Milk Ladle"  $1,000.00 pledge (detail shot)
"Milk Ladle" $1,000.00 pledge (detail shot)
Proud Members of Indiana Artisans
Proud Members of Indiana Artisans

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.

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    Good Karma for supporting the Arts.
    My deepest gratitude.

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    Get the ball rolling with a personalized and Autographed photo of one of the pieces from this new body of work.

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    ** Early Bird Special** An elegant pair of hand forged"twisted taper" Earrings.

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    Double Down with The Photograph and the hand forged"Twisted Taper" earrings

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    Mokume Gane "Disk and Hoop" earring. A little sample of the alluring wood grained metal.

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    ** Ground Breaker** This gets you a more complex pair of "Dome in Arch" earrings. These combine a geometric silver component with a domed Mokume Gane component; referencing the intersection of the natural world and the built world.

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    Forged Silver and Mokume Gane Bracelet with Pearl. Comes in 3 sizes, we will inquire before we make them.

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    Patrons Choice# 2 This is a $200.00 credit in the Booth at Craftboston, for an emerging collector. You must attend the show, but you will get the VIP treatment!

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    The master Suite: This level of support earns you the Photograph, the hand forged "Twisted Taper" Earrings, and the Forged Silver and Mokume Gane Bracelet.

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    A Sweet Time with the Master. One day private lesson in my studio. I will provide materials, instruction, and lunch. Transportation is on you. Projects based on your level of experience, though none is necessary. We should talk before you bid on this item. We will work out a time that is mutually agreeable.

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    Patrons Choice Reward. This is a $500.00 credit in my booth at The Craftboston Holiday Show. This may be applied to the purchase of one of the vessels funded by this project or anything else that you like. You must attend the show, but you will get the VIP treatment while you are there.

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    "Milk Ladle" this is a very sculptural ladle form made out Mokume Gane and local Black Walnut. This is a 5 metal Mokume Gane consisting of Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Shibuichi, Shakudo, and Copper.

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    Unique Commitment, a pair of Gold and Silver Mokume Gane wedding bands. Say I do or... I do again with a pair of one of a kind bands to symbolize your unique commitment and style. This is a custom commission that will take time and discussion to fulfill.

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Funding period

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