This may not develop as smoothly as a discussion as I hope for, but
it is something I recently presented to some attending the same
gathering as I did.
We have long has the unanswered question, if parts of the whole are
purchased formed, and then put together, is it fabricated or
assembled. There are strong positions on both sides. This was before
Cad/Cam, and that created an even stronger fabricated or assembled
I recently spent time with Metal Artists whose own output may range
from jewelry to public sculptures. One talented young man, uses a
laser cutter to cut out hundreds of same shapes, and then may spend
days welding them into form. Is this truly fabricated, or assembled?
I can see the same elitism I have seen here for over 15 years, I am
also a member there for about the same time, and some are on Orchid
as well. Is there a true answer? What really defines the skills,
total fabrication, or utilization of available tools?
I have seen the disdain cast upon persons using wax to create, metal
clay also has been stigmatized, as have beaders. So where is reality
My personal preference is towards organic, rather than precisely
geometric. For this I was labeled as “Not a Silversmith.” Hurt at
that time, but now, I take it from whence it came. I love to melt
metal and allow it to find its own shapes, and then make them work
together, embracing stones not necessarily calibrated.
I realize that this can be a very emotional issue, and probably,
without resolution. Bless those Artists,