William Gasparrini passed away January 6, 2012. He was the owner of Post Road Iron Works in Greenwich, CT. He was active in the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association and the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America, and was a founding member of The Metal Museum. He was secretary-treasurer of ABANA from 1975-1980 and a prominent member of NOMMA for many years serving as president, vice president, treasurer and member of the board of directors. Among the many awards he received from NOMMA, he was given the Distinguished Service Award, the President’s Award, and the Julius Blum Award in 1980, which honors the person who has done the most for the iron works industry in the United States during that current year.
Leading up to Board service: In the fall of 1993, I started as a freshman at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, seeking a degree in criminal justice. Miraculously, I was still enrolled the following year despite uninspired academic performance. I was lucky enough to enroll in a beginning metals class with Sue Amendolara, with the foolish […]
Leading up to Board service: In the fall of 1995 I remember nervously anticipating my first jewelry and metals class taught by Tom Madden at College for Creative Studies. On that first day I had a torch in hand and with Tom’s encouraging words guiding me along I learned to anneal. I was terrified, yet […]
Upon joining the Board, I took on the responsibilities of secretary, liaison to the Volunteer Coordinator, and liaison to the Program Review Committee. In my second year, my responsibilities changed. I am now the liaison to, as well as a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC) for Metalsmith magazine.
I am currently two and a half years into my board service. I am the chair of the Exhibitions Planning Committee (EPC), working with Kristin Beeler, Jessica Calderwood, Nicole Jacquard and Ellen Laing.