This workshop is intended for individuals who have basic forging experience; basic knowledge of controlling a coke forge will be needed. Elizabeth will demonstrate the basic techniques involved in forging a spoon from steel. Depending on each participants skill set they will be able to embellish the spoon, as they desire. We will also talk about food safe finishing options.
Elizabeth Belz is a metal artist from Stillwater, MN, USA. She was a craft education intern at North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN, in 2016, where she assisted the school in reestablishing its blacksmithing shop. She was the resident sculpture artist with the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, in 2017 and has won numerous grants to aid in the production and development of her work. She has studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN; Penland school of Craft, Bakersville, NC; and John C. Campbell folk school, Brasstown, NC. Currently she is one of two blacksmiths apprentices at the National Ornamental metal museum in Memphis, TN (2018-2020).
Elizabeth explains while she was learning a diverse set of traditional and contemporary techniques, shaping and moulding both utilitarian and sculptural forms, one thing remained consistent: steel. The exploration of that material through numerous avenues of thought has manifested itself within her current body of work. This work explores the interaction between people and their given environments. Through the use of steel, an often utilitarian but equally refined material, Elizabeth creates new perspectives and moments of curiosity in the mundane or constant barrage of stimuli we navigate daily.