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jamesrjohnson - Friday, February 20, 2009 - 9:43pmart shows | blacksmithing | steel and copper
I am new to this site... I have been a full time blacksmith artist. Started out in a fabrication shop, migrated to building fences, then went to work (for free to learn) from a real blacksmith pro. He taught me a lot, then I struck out on my own. My work has transformed from small "functional art" to more abstract, larger sculptures. My work is recognized by combining copper and steel and using heavy texturing to create a unique look. Selling the work has been a "life lesson". I have been going to the juried art shows. It seems like that is getting a tougher way to make a living. I have also done some commissioned work. I love doing what I do... I have no illusions about getting wealthy. You can check out my work at www.johnsonmetalsmithing.com I am not trying to sell this work on this site... but am doing this to share my work with others. It might inspire others to do even better work.