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Technical Article: “Micro TIG: Art Welding” by Sessin Durgham

This article serves as just the tip of the iceberg of the enormous possibilities created by the newest micro welding machines. Lower and lower price points are definitely making this technology available to the individual as well as educational programs.

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In Remembrance: Bobby Hansson

Bobby HanssonBobby Hansson passed away in March 2015. He was a photographer of craft and sculpture for thirty years, during which time he was the principal photographer for catalogs produced by the American Craft Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he taught photography at the School of Visual Art.

He started making sculpture, objects, furniture, and musical instruments from found objects in 1955. In 1996, he produced a how-to book titled, The Fine Art of the Tin Can.

Bobby Hansson workHansson started teaching tin-can-art workshops at Penland in 1997 and taught regularly until 2011. He also taught workshops at Arrowmont, Campbell Folk School, Haystack, Peters Valley, and Touchstone.

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In Remembrance: Manfred Bischoff

Manfred BischoffManfred Bischoff (1947-2015) was one of the great goldsmiths of Europe. Born in Germany, Bischoff lived and worked in Munich and Berlin before relocating to Italy. Bischoff had a fascination with language, a sardonic wit, and an unerring eye for simple beauty. Bischoff’s themes are universal: fear, love, mortality, and sexuality. His exquisite objects in gold, silver, coral, and occasionally jade and diamonds are encased in sense of isolation and psychological uncertainty. Though small, they are charged with intellectual complexity, and indeed with monumentality. His work can be found in collections including the Danner-Stiftung Collection, Munich, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Power House Museum, Sydney, NSW.

source: Isabelle Stewart Gardner MuseumManfred Bischoff work