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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Andrew Cooperman

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On the Thursday, November 5th program, my guest is metalsmith, writer, and teacher Andrew Cooperman, of Cooperman Jewelry (see profile at: http://coopermanjewelry.com/profile.php). Andy's bio reads: 'I have considered myself a metalsmith since 1980. It was in the late 70's, as an English major in college, that I first encountered the field—outside of the jewelry and hollowware that I had seen in shops and stores. There was a class room in the art building (I spent a lot of time in the art building drawing and painting) that seemed to hold some sort of focused excitement for those who were working inside. There was fire and small, strangely specific tools. The ringing of hammers, I think, was the sound that forced me to open the doors. The fact that metal could be sawn, formed and—especially—forged in a relatively non-industrial place came as a surprise to me. And when I saw that it could be approached in ways that made it look unlike metal, that small almost animate things could be made with it, I was hooked. With a second major in Studio Art, I built a small back bedroom studio, spent some time exploring the very similar field of dental crown and bridge manufacture and worked at the bench in several jewelry stores. In 1984, I followed my wife Kim to Seattle, Washington. We have been here ever since." Please join us for what promises to be a very special program with Andrew!