Play Time – John Rais

2020 | 21" x 14" x 25" | Steel, Guns, Patina, Paint

I am steeped in the building of language in metal that reflects the human condition and the strengths and fragilities of our relationships to the other, and each other.
This latest series of furniture and sculpture came from earlier works where animals were the subject for furniture pieces. It is about the human interaction with the animal itself, and what the users, ask or expect from that ritual use of furniture. This is a branching out from that inquiry, the animals interacting with the manufactured.
In a sense, I make the objects that I wish I could find, but the love of making prevents me from ever finding exactly what I am looking for or even knowing what it is.

John Rais

John Rais has BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and in 1998, received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. From there, he was Department Head of Blacksmithing at Peters Valley Craft Education Center in Layton, New Jersey.

John has operated his own studio business since 1998, where he designs and creates one of a kind furniture, sculpture and architectural metal art. He has work in the permanent collections of such museums as Yale Art Galleries, The Fuller Craft Museum, The National Metals Museum, and The John Michael Kohler Art Center. He has had solo shows at many places including Purchase College, The National Ornamental Metals Museum, Gravers Lane Gallery and Massimo Bizzocchi NYC. He has designed and created works for many architecturally significant buildings including a Frank Lloyd Wright home, Louis Kahn home, Addison Mizner home, and many others. His work is regularly featured in various publications including American Craft, Departures, Ritz Carlton, and a cover article in Metalsmith Magazine, as well as numerous books. John has taught at many universities and schools such as SUNY Purchase, SUNY New Paltz, University of The Arts and Penland School of Craft. He lectures on his work and applied design throughout the U.S. He was awarded an Arts/Industry Residency at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. In 2007 he was a Windgate Artist in Residence in applied design at SUNY Purchase. In 2012, John Installed a large series of decorative panels for the main staircase at Yale University Art Galleries. This project was a museum acquisition for their permanent collection.

John was hired to design nearly all of the metalwork for a massive renovation project for a famous Addison Mizner Home in Palm Beach Florida. In 2019 John co created and cochaired Looking Forward,Contemporary Iron Symposium at Bryn Athyn College. He is always busy with commissioned work as well as new speculative pieces that continue to be shown and collected internationally. He currently lives in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.

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