Joy Fire Metalwork


Teaching is also part of who I am as an artist, blacksmith, and metalworker. The joy and satisfaction that I gain through my work is something that I think everyone should be able to experience. Seeing the enthusiasm of someone who is learning something new and watching as they come up with their own ideas and projects is incredibly inspiring and rewarding. I believe there is some part of each of us that wants to create something with their own hands, and it is an opportunity that does not come up naturally in our modern world. I am incredibly lucky to have the chance to guide people through these processes and watch their happiness and satisfaction as they learn something new.

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Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

At one point in our history the skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.


This class is taught at Orange Coast College through the department of Community Education.

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