The Center for Metal Arts was founded in 2003 in the forge room at the Icehouse by Ed Mack and Rhoda Weber Mack. Built on Ed’s passion for teaching and for sharing skills, the Center continues to grow into a community of artisans learning and working together.
We launched the Center for Metal Arts in our newly designed and fully equipped forge studio classroom with two powerhouse workshops led by international educator Uri Hofi. Over the years we held an ongoing workshop series in Hofi’s ergonomic techniques, and with other masters of the forge. Core topics included Comprehensive Fundamentals of Blacksmithing, Advanced Blacksmithing, Tooling and Die making, and Free-form Power Hammer Work.
Holding blacksmithing workshops is a lot like holding a week-long block party, with the rhythmic ringing of hammers, and home-cooked dinners at the long tables under the food tent. We have made life-long friends, and workshop students have made some wonderful connections–and unforgettable memories.
To Work hot iron is to experience one of the oldest human technologies– with the aroma of coke fires, the color of the iron’s rising heat, the sound of the ringing anvil, and the movement of the iron under the hammer. To work hot iron is to join hands with the blacksmiths who have forged the tools of agriculture and all the trades.
Blacksmithing under the sign of Hephaestus
About Edward Mack, 1949-2013
Blacksmith, metal arts educator, and founder of the award-winning Fine Architectural Metalsmiths studio and the Center for Metal Arts craft school, Ed was a lover of the arts, and a passionate teacher whose fondest pleasure was in sharing skills and knowledge. He developed a wide personal network of fellow artisans who shared information in the field of the metal arts. He was a problem-solver and inventive thinker who thrived on bringing ideas together from multiple disciplines.
Founder, Fine Architectural Metalsmiths studio
"Mack’s artisan team has won 25 Top Job Awards and the “Best of the Best” Ernest Wiemann Award, as nominated by a jury of peers. The studio has won awards for works ranging from cast bronze to art furniture, sculpture and forged architectural ironworks." **
Founder, Center for Metal Arts craft school
"In 2003, Ed Mack founded the Center for Metal Arts to pass on the knowledge of metalsmith masters to a new generation of makers." **
Recipient, 2012: Julius Blum Award
"The Julius Blum Award is not given every year, as it represents special recognition given to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the metal arts industry." **
Judge, 2012: Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition
The Center for Metal Arts hosts the international Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition each year. Ed served as a judge for the inaugural competition in 2012, alongside Charles Lewton-Brain and Tim McCreight. He would have served again in August 2013.
** Excerpts from PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 10, 2012
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Speaking the Language of Metal