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Al Pine

Al Pine grew up in upper Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx. As a boy he was fascinated with making things like model air planes, wooden scooters and other toys for street games. Pine attended an experimental high school in the Bronx. There he took shop classes that included working with sheet metal, printmaking and woodworking. He decided early in his education he wanted to be a woodworker and furniture maker. On behalf of his father, Pine attended City College of New York where his major was Industrial Arts. During his time at City College he met and befriended Fred Fenster and Bernard Bernstein.

Pine greatly admired the jewelry work he saw in Greenwich Village. He was often asked by his sister to reproduce items in the catalogs of jewelry studios in the village. This was a learning experience for Pine. Pine entered Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was originally accepted as a graduate student in the Industrial Design Department. He soon grew tiresome of only having a drawing when he was finished and then another person making the prototype. He transferred to the metals department. Once Pine entered the metals area he realized he would need to change his approach to his work. Richard Thomas helped him change his materials exploration into an investigation leading to personal insights and therefor contributions to the field. Pine's thesis topic was on forging techniques applied to contemporary jewelry. He also worked with casting. Pine was the first American silversmith accepted in Germany on a Fullbright Fellowship. He returned in 1962 and was offered a teaching position at California State University at Long Beach. Pine accepted the position teaching metals, woodworking and sometimes design classes.

Much of Pine's work is forged or cast gold and silver. Pine was able to take a few sabbatical leaves during which he traveled worldwide. While he was in the army he was also able to travel. He was stationed in Germany for one year. Pine has gone to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, England, France, the Middle East, Indonesia and China. Pine was able to expand his knowledge and appreciation of jewelry and metalsmithing due to his travels.

Pine's work has been exhibited in regional, national and international exhibitions and is the recipient of numerous grants.