Metal and/Or Stone Artists
LEIGH ANN HURST - JURIED ARTIST
Leigh Ann Hurst never intended on becoming a jewelry designer and it is through the originality and distinction of her custom pieces that the beauty of the jewelry is reflected. With the exception of a few weekend workshops, Leigh Ann is self taught in metalsmithing and jewelry design. She seamlessly blends sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold-filled metals to create unique art jewelry that is as pleasing to the eye as it is comfortable to wear. Semi-precious stones and leather are sometimes used adding visual interest and texture. Each piece of Jewelry is handcrafted by the artist in her studio in Decatur, Alabama. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
Joanne Wood - JURIED Artist
Science and art have always held a certain sense of wonder and fascination for Joanne Wood. Growing up in Detroit, she happily spent many hours at the Museum of Art, Museum of Science, and the Henry Ford Museum wandering the changing exhibits and sketching images in pencil & charcoal. Soon after moving to the Birmingham area in 2003 and putting her long time career aside, Joanne decided to indulge her somewhat neglected artistic side, and took a stained glass class from a local business. After finding out that the beautiful art glass was also manufactured in rod form and could be melted onto steel mandrels to create beads, she arranged instruction in the art of lampworking with an artist in the Huntsville area. Currently, Joanne works with glass, enamels, precious metal clay, wire, and sheet metal while actively broadening her silversmithing skills. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
Joe Dumas- Juried Artist
I am an artistic blacksmith living in Alabama. I started out as a Journeyman Carpenter and Cabinet Maker and after a number of years decided to challenge myself further. I became a self taught Contemporary Artistic Blacksmith, making furniture, sculpture and yard art from two unlikely combinations, stone and steel. This was a challenge to me. Everything that had been square, cut precisely and level was now odd angles and hand chiseled. But it was exactly where I wanted to be.
I was raised by my grandparents who lived through the Depression. Where nothing went to waste. Where it was reused. Where it was passed onto the next generation. We’ve become a “throw away” society. I want to change that, one piece at a time. That is my goal. I want to create something that will be passed onto another generation, where someone will sit and say, “this was gramma’s bench”. And have joy in it.
I do not use a forge anymore. I cold bend every piece of steel using a jig made by myself and a long piece of iron pipe. I either hand chisel the stone or saw the bigger pieces and hand chip the edges. All work is done by myself. I have no apprentices, assembly line or outside help. 3 dogs and my wife are my critics and my cheering section.
My work has been on exhibit through Emory University in Atlanta, GA and is on permanent display in several states, including Brasstown, NC at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School, Pendleton, SC at Barrett’s Place, Peninsula, OH at the Boston Mills Ski Area and Toledo, OH at the Botanical Gardens.
Robert Taylor - Juried Artist
Coppersmith Robert Taylor is a Roycroft Master Artisan. He is one of only five Roycroft Master Coppersmith in the country to hold that title. On the bottom of each piece you will find two special marks, or stamps; one with his initials and one that denotes his work is made in the Roycroft style.
Robert began working with metal as a blacksmith about 28 years ago. Through the years he has studied with many master blacksmiths from the United States and Europe. After seven years concentrating on iron as the medium of choice, Robert was introduced to copper which he fell in love with. Robert started coppersmithing by making different whimsical critters and weather vanes. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.
Sarah L Morgan
Sarah Morgan is an internal medicine physician at UAB in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology. She is the medical director of the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic and the Bone Densitometry service. In 2011-2012, she was the President of the International Society for Clinical Denistometry.
She learned lost wax casting from her father-in-law and uses lost wax casting to make jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and small sculptures. She makes molds for things from nature, but also takes impressions of found objects and uses other items such as stamps and candy molds to make waxes. She enjoys casting in a variety of metals and uses a variety of hand-finishing and mass production finishing techniques to finish her pieces. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.