Volume I Issue III - ArtMetal Features

Dueling Dysfunctions
"Dueling Dysfunctions" by Mary Cockrill

In this Issue...

New Artists add sprightly art to our Gallery
  • An English gentleman recycles metal into whimsical sculptures
  • Little Rock Arkansas sends us a magnolia blossom

Up to the nanosecond with your ArtMetal News

  • Jürgen Kull turns to power computing in Germany
  • Just Toolin' Around with UMBA

Discourses of the Resources

  • Excerpts from a Masters Thesis, "Studio Preparation and Coloring of Titanium" by Bill Seeley

SNAPSHOT views "Obelisk" which stands on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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A profound admiration for the craftsmanship of the early blacksmiths has encouraged Alan Jack to study and collect a wide range of old tools and metal devices. Farm machinery, car and motorcycle parts, and household utensils frequently gathered when repairing and renovating equipment, all play a part in his sculptures.

But it is his deep love of nature, and especially of birds and insects, which manifests itself most strongly in Alan's original sculptures. A keen conservationist, he has created forms which depict all aspects of wildlife. His fertile imagination has brought to life a variety of creatures constructed from found metal objects demonstrating both his love of his subject and of his media.

Little Rock Arkansas sends us a magnolia blossom

Mary Cockrill-3 Views

Mary Cockrill was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She does not, however, even vaguely resemble a magnolia blossom and has always been renowned for her inappropriate behavior. She lives there now with her husband and daughter.

Her work reflects her love of puns and cartoons, her attraction and aversion to religious icons and her reflections on the "human condition." She says her artistic goal in life is to disprove the saying "Nobody likes a smart-ass"...

Jürgen Kull turns to power computing in Germany

account by Jürgen KullCAD Drawing

"I couldn't possibly make a price on the fly based only on the architect's sketches. Who could do that from a cold start? But so that she could have somthing positive to report to her client, I promised to have a proposal for her in a week. We would turn the sketches into completed drawings, work out construction details and then calculate the price." ...Jürgen Kull

Just Toolin' Around with UMBA

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Excerpts from a Masters Thesis, "Studio Preparation and Coloring of Titanium" by Bill Seeley

color picture of anodized jewelry

Did you know that Titanium is the fourth most abundant structural metal and ninth most common element in the earth's crust? Or that Niobium (formerly Columbium) is very ductile and highly colorable metal weighing about twice as much as titanium?

Well, Bill is listing several sections from his Masters Thesis at the University of Kansas which include anodizing and the flame coloring of these reactive metals.


The SNAPSHOT feature highlights metalsmiths from around the world. This issue we go all the way to Israel where Dan Ben-Arye who is living and working in the Artist' village of Ein-Hod.

"Being an artist as a way of life, is a drive originating from ancestors call recording events, emotions, beliefs of their passion to live with those metaphysical and mystical realms that our mind can take us to."

"As an artist, I shy away from repetition and seek the endless search for renewing my points of view - seeking new media and materials for my work that will charge, vigor yet sensuous my art."
...Dan Ben-Arye

"Obelisk" is: 5.5 Meters high. Bottom and top capping are from: 6mm iron, with iron vessel-like frames which I have poured melted bronze and copper into them. The wood is a 80mm plank of Mahogeny. This Sculpture is treated with six coats of linseed oil (including iron parts) for weathering. It stands at the entrance to Ein-Hod,on the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and is used by many as a resting point.