September 17th, 2022

At Center for Metal Arts, Johnstown PA

 Inspired by the Past – Forging to the Future

The Cambria Iron Conference is an event held at Center for Metal Arts in the historic Cambria Iron and Steel Blacksmith shop.

     CMA’s mission is to renovate and refurbish the historic power hammers and tooling to make them available to be seen by the greater forging community and used by qualified professional blacksmiths.  This event represents our first major step toward that goal by hosting an event open to the public and inviting a different artist every year to demonstrate.

     Our goal for this event and this space are to keep the focus on forging, creativity, education, and historical preservation with the main demonstration taking place in the historic blacksmith shop on the industrial hammers.  All of CMA facilities will be open to tour and we will have an exhibition on display as well as a smaller demonstration happening in our forging classroom. 

     This year our featured demonstrator is Zack Noble.  Zack will create a large-scale forging inspired by his “Isolating Mass” series.  This body of work “encourages the viewer to look within each finished piece and see the manipulation. To look beyond the final work and more deeply into how it was formed.” With no addition or removal of material in these pieces, Zack hopes his work conveys the feeling of the energy it took to create it.    

    “I have been using industrial forging techniques in my current work to realize simple but bold forms.”

     Zack Noble

Our conference exhibition will be open for submissions February 28th. An exhibition of current forged metalwork showcasing the vast possibilities of design, technique, and self-expression through the lens of the forging process.

This will be a juried exhibition. Our 2022 jurors are Lindsay Gates, Maegan Crowley, and Zack Noble. To learn more about the exhibition and our jurors, visit our exhibition page under the conference tab. To apply on cafe, click the button below!

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Cambria Iron Conference 2021 Gallery 

Photos by Jarrod Bunk @jarrod_from_hope