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My Guest this Thursday, October 6th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is John Rais, who will discuss his one of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, and architectural metal work. 
 
Bio: John Rais has been engaged in the field of metalsmithing and object design all his adult life. He has a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1998. From there, he was the Department Head of Blacksmithing at Peters Valley Craft Education Center in Layton, NJ. John has maintained his own studio business since 1998, where he creates one of-a-kind furniture, sculpture and, architectural metal work. He is perhaps best know for his fire screens, which bring visual strength and warmth to any space.
 
His work has been featured on the pages of Departures magazine, Ritz-Carlton magazine, Metalsmith, American Craft magazine, and many others as well as several hardcover books.
 
John has also taught at many universities and schools including Penland School of Crafts, New England School of Metalwork, and SUNY New Paltz. In the spring of 2006 he was awarded an Arts/ Industry Residency at the prestigious John Michael Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, and in the fall of 2007 he was artist in residence in applied design at Purchase College in NY, where he also taught a master’s class in applied design.
 
For more about John and his work, visit http://www.johnraisstudios.com/

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