Come Learn the ancient (and modern) craft of blacksmithing from two of Portland's leading smiths: Nicholas Downing and John Huckins. Over the course of 12 weeks you will learn the basic operations of blacksmithing in conjunction with contemporary metal fabrication. You will draw from techniques both old and new to create everything from functional objects to sculptural pieces and the tools to do it too!
TUITION: $320 + FEES: $250
John Huckins is a professional Metalsmith in Portland Maine. After receiving his BFA in Metalsmithing from MECA he was recruited to the top metal arts program in the country, State University of New York at New Paltz, where he received his masters degree. After school Huckins received a slew of fellowships, residencies, and apprenticeships focusing in blacksmithing and metal fabrication. In 2015 John moved back to Portland to join a shop with another metalworker and start his own business. In the last two years he has been involved in a number of great projects involving sculpture, historic restoration, architectural metalwork, functional objects, and even a cameo in a Smithsonian documentary.
Nicholas Downing is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and has studied at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, and Maine College of Art. He works as a professional jeweler at Daunis Fine Jewelry and as an independant blacksmith at the Portland Forge. Nicholas is primarily inspired by jewelry and metalwork from ancient Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.
Students need to wear natural fibre clothing (no polyester, rayon, nylon etc- including shoes), ear protection, safety glasses, leather gloves and a good attitude.