Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Craft In America - a journey to the artists origins and techniques of American craft
grey line
TV Series artists exhibition education videos schedule about us Buy the DVD
grey line
Memory Landscape Community Origins Process Messages Family Threads Crossroads
Forge Holiday Industry Service

Forge

Forging is an ancient method where metal is heated and reheated, strengthened and hammered into sinuous, extravagant curves. Through this mysterious process, artists express their creativity and skill.

Chloe Darke at Old Newbury Crafters, Mark Markley photograph

Chloe Darke at Old Newbury Crafters, Mark Markley photograph

The craft of silversmithing in New England existed even before America's most patriotic silversmith, Paul Revere, made his famous ride. Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts was one of the best at the time. Fourteen generations later, it is now in the capable hands of a young metal artist, Chloe Darke. She leads the company in handforging extraordinary objects and declares "there's a rebirth of craft for people in my generation who are interested in traditional ways of making things." Retired silversmith Robert Lapham says Darke "is exactly what this company needs for the future."

Veteran and artist Jeremiah Holland, metals instructor Davide Prete, and veteran and artist Tom Pullin forge at the anvil, Mark Markley photograph.

Veteran and artist Jeremiah Holland, metals instructor Davide Prete, and veteran and artist Tom Pullin forge at the anvil, Mark Markley photograph.

Iraq war veteran Tom Pullin forged his life in the military, turning to the G.I. Bill to pursue training at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. For Pullin, metal work is a healing path to exorcize the chaotic, confusing, horrifying experiences of war. Pullin works with instructor Davidé Prete and fellow veteran Jeremiah Holland to combine ancient techniques of forging and casting with cutting edge 3-D printing technology. They create a metal skull, a haunting reminder of a young Iraqi girl whose grave was disturbed in a search for a downed Navy man.

Albert Paley painting the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital sculpture, Mark Markley photograph

Albert Paley painting the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital sculpture, Mark Markley photograph

Albert Paley prepares for the most ambitious project of his fifty-year career: Paley on Park Avenue. Thirteen monumental sculptures will be on view on Park Avenue in New York City from June 17 - November 8, 2013. Amid the flying sparks and the red-hot steel, we witness Paley's mastery of all the processes necessary to turn sheets of metal into seemingly weightless ribbons undulating twenty feet above the ground. Paley has pursued a career that has consistently challenged his abilities. "I have a very aggressive, assertive personality and it is made manifest through the materials", Paley says. From fabricating art jewelry, to forging iron gates, to the creation of large-scale sculptures commissioned for public and private spaces worldwide, Albert Paley is now ranked among the most successful and prolific sculptors in America.


grey line

 

Back to Top >

Watch a 30 second preview of Forge.


related content column
grey line

education

Craft In America Educational Materials look further at Forge as a concept in craft. Visit the EDUCATION section HERE > to see what's available and download a Lesson Guide.

tv series

We filmed artist Jeff Oestreich for the CROSSROADS episode. Learn more about the series HERE >

ArtistsLearn more about the artists in the FORGE episode HERE >

 

spacer image
spacer image spacer image spacer image
craft stars
grey line
more informationcreditscontact craft in america

© 2007-2012 Craft In America, All rights reserved



nea masterpieces logoneanea logocpb logoitvs logoclarkson potter logo
spacer image
spacer image