Continuing with my trend of random thoughts since the Colorado Metalsmithing Conference.
Again, I must revisit Saturday night. As I mentioned in my first post about this year’s conference, that evening was when the real magic happened for me. In Harold O’Connor’s studio, with other metalsmiths and my dear sister Lexi, listening to one of the true masters of their craft. It was profound. Harold was sitting in his bench chair and he said the word, “Art”. Simple, clear, distinct. It resonated in my mind and my soul…. to the very center of my being. “Art”. And then he went on…he doesn’t ‘like’ jewelry, he doesn’t wear it and he doesn’t make it, he creates works of “Art”….wearable works of “Art”.
At one point, he got up and went over to another area of his work shop. He started to pull out his sketch books. Filled with designs. He leafed through them with me looking over his shoulder. Occasionally he would stop on a page and make sure I saw a certain drawing. I was so touched that he took the time to share. He discussed how he starts with designs. He also mentioned how he too suffers occasionally from the dreaded artist block. All of his works are one of a kind, yet he will occasionally return to a certain design and change it up. I had a golden opportunity to view three of his sketch books. I hope this helps to convey why the evening was magical for me. Being able to view his “Art” works. Clean, pure, simple designs. It was all about the metal, with an occasional stone. I was humbled and honored that he would take the time to go through some of his journals, sharing them with us.
What else needs to be said?
For my work to grow and be more meaningful, I realized that I too must strive to create “Art”, yes, wearable works of “Art”.
Thank you Harold, it was a privilege and a moment in time (to quote Lexi), that I will always remember.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.