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portrait of Green

Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Al Green

Al (Bud) Green was always interested in metals. Several other areas of interest include woodworking, furniture design and construction, boat building and sailboats, and welded steel and foundry work. His first introduction to jewelry and metalsmithing was in the seventh grade. Two teachers in high school also influenced Green's interest in metal working; Mr. Hansen, his metals instructor and Mr. Higgins his machine shop instructor. He continued metal work in the machine shop in junior college. During college Green enrolled in courses involving machine wood working, foundry and jewelry/metalsmithing. Green continued his education in jewelry and metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Richard Thomas was his professor. Ultimately, Green's education at Cranbrook greatly influenced him.

Other important aspects of Green's life include his marriage to his wife, Sara and their three children John, Nancy and Susan. Green's grandchildren, Christopher and Chandler, are also very dear to him.

As an educator of jewelry and metalsmithing, Green provides his students with a creative and technically equipped environment. Green believes,

"The only way to have is to give, the only way to keep is to share and the only thing worth funding is opportunity." -George G. Booth