Featured Artist: Charles Lewton-Brain
In conjunction with the Colorado Metalsmithing Conference (CoMA) in July, we will be hosting a show highlighting metal arts from the members of CoMA and the presenters at the conference. Leading up to that exhibit we asked a few of the conference presenters more about their work and process and will be sharing their responses and images of the work we will be showcasing.
Last in this series of posts is Charles Lewton-Brain. Charles Lewton-Brain is a master goldsmith, author, professor and jewelry expert who trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. He is considered to be an expert on many metalsmithing techniques, most notably fold-forming, which is a metalworking technique he invented and has become an internationally recognized approach to manipulating metal. Charles is also a distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.
How do you know when a piece is finished?
A piece is done when it looks right..... when thinking about it more will not help.
What is the most important tool you use in your studio?
The most important tool is my head, as a physical tool it might be my bench. A flex shaft or a hammer are also contenders. There are so many important tools, depending on what procedure you are doing.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Don't make enemies, it will happen anyway, but don't do it on purpose.
Is there a type of music, musical artist, or song that inspires you?
I like soul house music, also like Nicholas Jaar.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
There is just way too much begun, late, underway to worry about motivation. Interested is because you can never know it all and every moment there is new stuff and active learning.
The show featuring Charles Lewton-Brain's work will be on display at Balefire Goods July 19th - August 20th with an opening reception from 6 - 8pm on July 19th.