Photograph courtesy of the artist.
David George Logan
|Logan has always had an interest in things that work and how things work. As a child
he had a collection of tuna fish can keys that were considered his prized possession. To
this day Logan is a collector of tools, devices and small objects that he thinks are
simply beautiful. Logan's first introduction to metals occurred during high school. His
art teacher, Ray Edwards, took jewelry classes in college under the study of Arthur
Vierthaler. There are many individuals that have influenced Logan. In a direct sense those
individuals are Arthur Vierthaler at University of Wisconsin, Madison and Robert Von
Neumann (who had been a student of Vierthaler), at the University of Illinois. Both of
these men were his teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other important
influences, although less direct, of Logan's were his teachers outside of the metals
discipline. A painting teacher was honest, a printmaking teacher made aesthetic matters
make more sense to a young student and a drawing teacher who clarified the distinction
between art that is about reality and art that is reality. Two garage owners, for whom
Logan worked off and on as a mechanic, taught Logan the importance of careful
craftsmanship (in mechanical work) and about human relations (with the owners of the
affected machines). Logan's family members have also been a tremendous influence. His
parents made art a big part of growing up and his wife has been supportive and a valuable
Logan believes all of his life experiences have influenced him in one way or another.
Logan believes that living mostly in an urban setting and in a tiny farming community
throughout childhood provided him with a balanced view of how people's lives effect their
thinking, their beliefs, and their aesthetic preferences. Logan has traveled through
Europe. This experience was very valuable, perhaps more to his teaching than his
metalwork. Moving to the Tennessee has also been a terrific experience for Logan. It
helped him gain valuable perspective on the extent to which one's environment influences
how one sees and designs.
Logan has taught jewelry and metalsmithing at several different schools and has exhibited
throughout the United States.