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Tim McCreight (born 1951) is an American artist who specializes in metalsmithing, particularly in jewelry. He is also an author of books referring to metalsmithing.
Tim McCreight was born in 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended The College of Wooster from 1969 to 1973 and received a BA degree in sculpture under Sufi Ahmad. After College of Wooster, he graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975, receiving a MFA degree in jewelry and metalsmithing under Harold Hasselschwert and Chuck Evans.
McCreight taught at the Maine College of Art from 1988 to 2005 and at Worcester Center for Crafts for 12 years before that. He also served on several boards of directors, including the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) where he also served as president. He is the founding director and communications officer for the Precious Metal Clay Guild.
McCreight has taught scores of workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He is perhaps best known for his textbooks, which cover subject matters as diverse as knifemaking, casting, jewelry techniques, rendering, and design. He has also created a half dozen instructional videos that are widely respected for their clarity and breadth. In addition to his own books, he has designed and edited books for authors from several countries through his publishing company Brynmorgen Press.
In 2014 McCreight co-founded the Toolbox Initiative, which distributes donated tools and supplies to jewelers with limited resources especially in West Africa.
Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal in it. The binder burns away, leaving the pure sintered metal. Shrinkage of between 8% and 30% occurs. Alloys such as bronze, sterling silver, and steel also are available.
A metalsmith or simply smith is a craftsperson fashioning useful items out of various metals. Smithing is one of the oldest metalworking occupations. Shaping metal with a hammer (forging) is the archetypical component of smithing. Often the hammering is done while the metal is hot, having been heated in a forge. Smithing can also involve the other aspects of metalworking, such as refining metals from their ores, casting it into shapes (founding), and filing to shape and size.
Foldforming is a technique of metalworking whereby metal is folded, repeatedly forged and annealed, and unfolded; at which stage it generally has a dramatic new three-dimensional form. While alternate spellings abound (e.g., fold-forming, fold forming, Foldforming, and even form-folding, the definitive book "Foldforming" by Charles Lewton-Brain consistently uses the spelling of foldforming as one lowercase word.
Shilpa Shastras literally means the Science of Shilpa. It is an ancient umbrella term for numerous Hindu texts that describe arts, crafts, and their design rules, principles and standards. In the context of Hindu temple architecture and sculpture, Shilpa Shastras were manuals for sculpture and Hindu iconography, prescribing among other things, the proportions of a sculptured figure, composition, principles, meaning, as well as rules of architecture.
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Marilyn da Silva is an American sculptor, metalsmith, jeweler, and educator. She teaches and serves as a department head at the California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Da Silva has won numerous awards including honorary fellow by the American Craft Council (2007).
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