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Self Expression, The Metal Art of Jerry Harris

March 13, 2014 , , ,


While hanging out in the steam room at my health club I noticed a man wearing a lot of silver jewelry and thought it must be hot on his skin. After a few steam room conversations I discovered that he is a metal sculptor who had worked in a shop in Tucson that I had later used as a pottery studio in the distant past. I have not worked with clay for a long time, but Jerry has evolved from making simple objects to producing very artful and complicated mixed media art. He worked as a ferrier.  He played polo in Colorado.  He bought the Village Blacksmith shop 30 years ago from another blacksmith.  His art today is centered around birds in action.  His knowledge about anatomy of birds has grown deeper as he has worked in this specialty field.  I was very lucky to have a personal tour of the shop and sculpture on display. He participates in the Pima Arts Council open studio tours.  Since there was no fire during my visit I thought my gentle readers would also enjoy watching the tools and Jerry in action:

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An original forge? wow.. and all these cool tools. I love blacksmith’s stuff. this is pretty darn cool Pam! Silver jewelry? Love this!! Huge fan of hand-crafted jewelry

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 16, 2014

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  1. Hephaestus, Blacksmith of the Gods | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] great artistry, production and invention. In Rome he was known as Vulcan.  In Tucson he is called Jerry Harris.  He was an ancestor of Daedalus, who fashioned wings, as does Mr. […]

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