Education

MFA Blacksmithing        
2011-2014
Southern Illinois University,  Carbondale, Illinois     


Blacksmithing Courses (28 credit hours)     
Attended 2003-2005
Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
 

Traditional Coppersmithing (3 week intensive course)   
Attended July 2005
Cecati #166, Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico
 

Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture
Graduated in 2002
Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
 

Technical Welding Courses (8 credit hours)       
Attended 2001-2002
Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, North Carolina

 

Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor
2006 - 2011, 2014 - present
• teaching art metals, metal sculpture, blacksmithing
Austin Community College, Austin, Texas 78741       
 

Instructor of Record
2012 - 2013
• beginning blacksmithing
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois        
 

Blacksmithing Shop Technician
2011 - 2013
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois  
 

Self-Employed Metalworker
2005 - present     
• focusing on residential and sculptural ironwork
Austin Metal Authority, Austin, Texas         
 

Metal Fabricator
2004 - 2005
• working on high end, custom home construction
3D Building and Fabrication, Austin, Texas         
 

Welder and Blacksmith
2003 - 2004
• creating residential ironwork
Iron Tulip, Austin, Texas         
 

Artist and Understudy
2001 - 2003
• assisting with large-scale art installations in public spaces and residential sculpture
Jim Gallucci Sculptor, Ltd., Greensboro, North Carolina         

 

Solo Exhibitions

The Collector  
2016
Dimension Gallery, Austin, Texas
 

The Continuing Adventures of Haling W. Dang
2014
Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois

 

Group Exhibitions

Speaking Volumes, Curated By Lee Sauder (2017)
TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
 

The Paved Garden (2016)
Dimension Gallery, Austin, Texas
 

Cyclic Abundance (2016)
Dimension Gallery, Austin, Texas
 

'Inhabitants: Creatures of Imagined Worlds' (2016)
Slocumb Galleries,  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
 

Birth: Rebirth, Elemental Origins (2016)
Dimension Gallery, Austin, Texas
 

Materials: Hard and Soft (2014)
Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas
 

Tower City Station (2011)
Cleveland, Ohio
 

Ingenuity Fest (2011)
Cleveland, Ohio
 

The People’s Gallery (2011)
Austin City Hall, Austin, Texas
 

Guilford College Alumni Art Exhibition (2007- 2010)
Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
 

Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched (2010)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas
 

East Austin Studio Tour (2006-2010)
Austin Metal Authority, Austin, Texas
 

Annual Austin Community College Faculty Art Show (2007-2010)
Highland Business Center, Austin, Texas
 

METALAMONGUS (2003)
Design Center of Austin, Austin, Texas
 

Media Coverage

Ironwork Today 3, Schiffer Publications LTD
2011
 

Cover article, and focus article in The Anvil’s Ring
Winter 2011
 

“Heavy Metal” article in The Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2007

 

Demonstrations/ Teaching /Residences

Winter Residency, Penland School of Craft, Penland, North Carolina
•  Spent researching steel joinery in the Iron Studio (2016)
 

Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota
• Assistant demonstrator to Jake James (2016)
 

Instructor, New England School of Metal Work. Auburn, Maine
•  Forged and Fabricated Fantasy (2016)
 

Austin Blacksmithing Competition, Austin, Texas
• Co-organized a forging contest between 22 competitors from Texas and across the US and Canada (2016 and 2017)
 

Instructor, Center for metal arts. Florida, New York
•  Power hammer techniques and tooling (2016-2017)
 

Studio assistant, Penland School of Craft, Penland, North Carolina
• Jeffrey Clancy,  “Pewter: From Tavern Mugs to Teaspoons” (2015)
 

California Blacksmith’s Association,  Octoberfest, Cazadero, California
• Demonstrator (2014)
 

Summer resident, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine
• Working in the Iron Studio (2014)
 

Instructor, Penland School of Craft. Penland, North Carolina
• Teaching in the Iron Studio, “The Blacksmith and the Striker” (2013)
techniques for forging with a sledgehammer and set tooling
 

Studio Assistant, Penland School of Craft, Penland, North Carolina
• Rebekah Frank in the iron studio, “Steel & Skin” (2013)
 

Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota
• Assistant demonstrator to Claudio Botterro (2012)
 

Forging On The River, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
• Demonstrator (2012)
 

Technical consultant for HGR Industrial Surplus, Cleveland, Ohio
• Functioned as an art and technical adviser, for the first “Chair and Tell” (2011)
 

Austin Blacksmithing Competition MMX, Austin, Texas
• Co-organized a forging contest over three days between 14 competitors from Texas and California. Hosted this event at the Austin Metal Authority, engaging hundreds of onlookers a day. (2010)
 

Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America Conference, Memphis, Tennessee
• Co-presented a talk on working collaboratively in blacksmithing (2010)
 

Maker Fair Austin, Austin, Texas
• Organized seven local blacksmiths and metal workers to demonstrate sculptural forging. Assembled a complete blacksmithing shop on-sight. (2008)
 

Artist Alumni Art Exhibition, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
• Demonstrated basic blacksmithing techniques to sculpture students. Participated in round table discussion on arts education. (2007)
 

Artist in Residency, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina
• Worked with the art department teaching welding and metal fabrication to students (2002)