Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ironwork Today 3

Yesterday I received my copy of this new Schiffer LTD publication and was pleased to find it included six images of my work from several years ago. They even used a grapevine wreath image on the title page.

It seems like every five years or so they publish a new addition to the ironwork series. So far I have bought them all. I find it interesting to see them as representing the state of the art in a particular slice of time. A lot of nice work with a lot of variety is included and I often find ideas I can adapt to current work.

It seems as if there were many more artists represented whose names were unfamiliar in this addition. I don’t get to as many conferences as I once did and probably a lot of new people are joining the ranks.

The publisher’s description online is as follows.

“Over 450 vivid color photos provide a sweeping overview of the amazing range of iron artwork being created by 82 of today’s artist-blacksmiths. These works in metal are found in public spaces, offices, and homes. They vary in size from small, everyday objects to staggering public monuments. The pieces, discussed by the artists who made them, include sculpture, gates, railings, furniture, lighting fixtures, doors, locks, and much more. This book, the third in an ongoing series, has artwork arranged by the artist alphabetically, rather than in categories. This allows readers to see the full scope of each artist’s work together on adjoining pages. Here readers will find some artists whose work they have seen in other books in this series; others they are meeting for the first time. This book will be a prized reference guide and source of inspiration for homeowners, designers, artists, and blacksmiths as a fascinating snapshot of current trends in this dynamic, growing field of artistic endeavor.”

I hope they are right that this is a growing field of artistic endeavor and that it attracts young talented people who can make a living and will continue experimenting and developing new methods and designs.

My friend, Jerry, of J. Schrock Photography prepared the images I submitted. Check out more of his work at and

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