The picture of the cross prompted me to write about my historical cross making.
In the Irish National museum Dublin, is a a salter with a bronze image of Christ thereon, and i was asked to replicate this with my production techniques. Some of you older members may know altho I do individual comissions I work the other way round to yourself, mainly production runs to my own designs or to order. I find for wrought work, the normal jewellers workshop and or bench is too limiting for me. Much as I appreciate the traditional jewellers work, I dont use stones, nor do casting, all my work is wrought, i assemble work cold or braze up or tig weld depending on the metal.
So to that end i provided all the info and drawings to my die maker and in due course recieved the tooling.
My client was happy with it and it met our joint needs. However, it missed something, and that was the human touch!
I found with our vastly superior techniques and knowhow I failed to capture this essential quality. Ie, it was too perfect!!.
Hind sight is the perfect science.
However, this isnt always the case, currently ive comissioned 2 designs for my own exhibitions , feeling Im now good enough to interpret the work of the master sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen, his Night and Day reliefs in silver.
How long does it take to be good enough for example to interpret Chopin’s revolutionary study?
Or a Brahms piano concherto?So exciting times ahead.
I cant match your 50 yrs plus but am near it! some 48 yrs with hammers, !
what has been a blessing was, my parents were fine art collectors in Europe in the 1930’s, I had an aviation engineering degree , then changed direction into ethical sales and marketing. After too many yrs at that, finally chose what my heart and head was telling me, viz to design ,make and market my ideas.
Initally, to replicate the enamelling on the Faberge easter eggs, which amazed me as a child.
Its been a fantastic journey , achieving every thing I wanted technically, and artistically?
My work like yours, has to speakfor itself. Strangely, I came to this conclusion too .
If you can mail me off list with your snail mail address ill put something in the post for you.
Best wishes from Ted.