MacBain earned his MFA in Metals from Temple University and his BFA in
Gold and Silversmithing from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz. He is currently teaching at
New Jersey City University in the art department. A participant in numerous
national and international exhibitions, MacBain's work is also displayed in
public and private collections. Most of MacBain's current work is
one-of-a-kind silver table objects, many of which can be seen in books and
My current body of work is based mainly on combining basic geometric
forms to create rhythms and tensions. Achieving an overall balance and sense
of harmony are important aspects of my work. Without the distractions of
surface ornamentation, the viewer may focus on the overall form of the piece.
While traditional forming techniques are valuable, I find the use of
CAD/CAM technologies to be particularly exciting. The simple designs which I
work with are perfectly suited for these techniques which add a sharpness
which would otherwise be lost.