Hello & thank you for showing interest in my work. I am a metalsmith, metals fabricator, & welder, with considerable experience in the construction industry. In my free time, I also paint & am a musician. My home base is New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2006, I earned Bachelor's Degrees in metals & glass blowing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (with cum laude honors). I also completed a minor in Art History, with a specialization in tribal art.

I have always been drawn to organic designs, forms, & textures. Typically, I have a definitive design in mind but I work in an organic manner. Rather than forcefully imposing my design onto the metal, I work with the materials & allow the forms to develop naturally during the creation process. Metal has a surprisingly organic nature to it & I find that working in this style allows my pieces to take on a unique, natural appearance. This concept plays heavily in the way that I forge metal & the forms that I create.

I find heavy surface textures, especially hammer marks & patinas, beautiful. I believe that the presence of hammer & file marks are important elements that demonstrate the mark of the maker, giving each piece its own individual identity, a feeling of timelessness, & distinguishes that my work is made by hand. I am influenced by the American Craftsman & Art Nouveau movements of the late-1800s to early-1930s. All of these influences have inspired my unique sense of style & design.

If you are interested in my work, please feel free to contact me. I enjoy working on custom designs with clients, because I am able to blend a client's specific ideas with my own unique style.

"Pipefitter Turned Artist." Local News. WSIL. December 26, 2014. Television and On-line.

"Expressions: Josh Gates." Local Television Series. WSIU-TV. April 2, 2015. Television and On-line.


JEWELRY INFORMATION
My jewelry is always designed with the wearer in mind. Hand-formed metal components are sealed with Midas Metal Lacquer upon completion, which means that the materials and patinas will not change (oxidize) or react with skin contact.

My neck pieces are all made of solid sterling silver that has been antiqued with a patina. The torque neck pieces are forged by hand in my shop, while the chains are commercially supplied from Italy. Chain lengths are available in 18", but other lengths can be custom ordered (also in 20" & 24").

Earring wires are made of solid Niobium, which is a hypoallergenic alloy. Silver is available upon request.


STOCKISTS
Illinois

Louisiana


UPCOMING EVENTS in 2018
* market schedule is weather dependent ~ markets can be delayed or cancelled for rain and high winds *

Thu, June 21. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, June 22. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, June 23. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, June 24. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Mon, June 25. 7p - 12a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Wed, June 27. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thu, June 28. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, June 29. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, July 1. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Tue, July 3. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thur, July 5. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, July 6. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, July 8. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Wed, July 11. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thur, July 12. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, July 21. 11a - 6p. Chicago Oddities & Curiosities Expo @ Odeum Sports & Expo Center, Chicago IL (INDOOR SHOW: South Hall, Booth 75)
Wed, July 25. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thur, July 26. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, July 27. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, July 28. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, July 29. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, Nov 24. 10a - 5p. Austin Oddities & Curiosities Expo @ Palmer Springs Event Center, Austin TX (INDOOR SHOW: location TBA)

CREDITS
photography || Chrystal Nause Photography, all rights reserved
music || "My Work is Done" from If I Should Fall to the Field by Steve Von Till (2002)