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Joshua Swalec Education and Experience

  • Graduate of Worcester Vocational Technical High School: study of all welding processes, mechanical drawing, and certified in stick metal arc welding of mild steel in all positions 1998
  • Blacksmithing course: Touchstone School of Crafts 1998
  • Jewelery making I and II: Worcester Center for Crafts 1999-2000
  • 18 years experience in blacksmithing, welding, metal fabrication, landscape design and construction.
  • Active member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America and New England Blacksmiths

    Awards and Achievements

  • Awarded Massachusetts Cultural Coalition grant for public art in partnership with the Higgins Armory Museum.
  • Award winning: Fitchburg Forge-In (regional blacksmithing competition), Intermediate division champion 2000
  • Professional division champion 2008, and 1st Place- Decorative Trellis Panel 2009.

    Artist Statement

    I strive to make art which is functional, and which leaves people wondering how it was made. As a blacksmith, I integrate ancient and modern technologies to produce effective and beautiful tools and products.
    I value making a tool to make a tool to make a part to a finished piece rather than buying an inferior part at the store.

    Exhibitions
  • The Sprinkler Factory and Expanding Continuum September 2012

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