from Core to Surface 2023

An exhibition of current forged metalwork showcasing the vast possibilities of design, technique, and self-expression through the lens of the forging process. Forging can be both incredibly technical and self-expressive. The combination of the two is what makes it such an exciting process for both artists and craftspeople working in the field today.

The mission of this exhibition is to showcase the broad range of what forging can offer from a sculptural and functional perspective or a combination of the two. Design and execution go hand-in-hand whether the work is functional or sculptural; the two concepts struggle to exist independently. This exhibition seeks people active in the craft whose work displays a keen sense of design and technique. Evaluation and acceptance of submissions will be strongly influenced by a demonstration of this harmony between the two in their work.

Call for submissions has closed for 2023.
Thank you to all who have submitted!
The call for submissions for 2024 will begin in February 2024.


2023 Jurors

2021-Rebekah Frank, portrait, photo-Lydia Daniller

Rebekah Frank

Rebekah Frank received her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University in 2010. Her chosen material is steel, a fascination discovered through a challenge received when she was 18. Her creative practice has focused on that material ever since, working as a blacksmith, a welder, a machinist, and, currently, a jeweler. She explores themes of protection, vulnerability, and boundaries in her work. Rebekah’s studio practice is based in San Francisco, CA; she exhibits, lectures, and teaches workshops all over the world.


GGehner Headshot - Greg Gehner

Greg Gehner

Greg Gehner started his blacksmithing career in 1997 when he earned a BFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 2005, he established Transit Forge in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he generates a variety of sculptural, functional and architectural metalwork from his shop in Cambridge Springs. Commissions and distinctive designs, including furniture, railings, signage, lighting and numerous utilitarian objects, can be seen at transitforge.com. His work synthesizes traditional forging skills and industrial fabrication techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.


Photos 2015 Scott Gelston
Pete Mattila comission documentation
Pete Mattila, Dan Brady, Piers Johnson, Dan Kershaw, Simon Pankhurst

Pete Mattila

Currently based in lutruwita/Tasmania, Australia. My work celebrates complex histories, in art, craft, and design as well as in industrial expression. While simultaneously identifying the practice and understanding of craft in terms of social consciousness, the expression of an ethical life through the immediate relationship between hand and mind, and the interrelationship between the physical world and intention. The material processes used to imply an encapsulated visual dialogue of energy and motion. Articulating movement through the use of steel on steel, with a constant observation of the visual and structural vocabulary specific to metalworking process.  


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