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ACADEMIC METALS DIRECTORY

 

Welcome to the Academic Metals Directory.   This site contains information about the 20th Century History of Metalsmithing in the United States.  This site contains pages that include schools that offer or have offered Metals courses, and information and biographies about individual Metalsmiths. Each school page contains statistical information about the school as well as a list of faculty who have taught in that school's metals program, both past and present.  The individual Metalsmith's  pages contain basic information about the person, i.e. date and place of birth, education and teaching experience. Many of these pages are linked to more detailed biographies.  This site can be searched from page to page or by accessing the links to individual Metalsmiths names or school names. To begin your exploration use the Directory Index page which will allow you to search in one of three ways:

If you get lost along the way and don't know where you started, you can always go to the bottom of any page and click Directory Index. This will take you back to the searching options.

 

We are always looking to add to and update this site.  If you have any additional information about schools or metalsmiths that you would like to have added to this site, please send via e-mail to crafts@blue.temple.edu or via snail-mail to:

Research Project
Attn: Stanley Lechtzin
Tyler School of Art
Temple University
7725 Penrose Ave.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

 


Message from Lori Kraus, who founded the Academic Metalsmithing Directory:

"The information base you are about to view developed due to a lack of documentation about the history of metalsmithing in the United States, post World War II. As a graduate student I realized that this knowledge, pertaining to my history, is vital to my growth as a student, artist and eventually a teacher. To fulfill MFA requirements in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area at Tyler School of Art, Temple University you are required to undertake a technical research project or interview a metals personality. I started this project a year ago to fulfill a requirement but more importantly to fill a void in our history. This information is specific to those in the academic community. I felt a need to limit the search in order to accomplish something useful. But in this format, this information base can always be expanded. It can serve as a foundation for another Tyler graduate who also believes this is an significant endeavor. This information is a gift to the field that has provided me with an exciting future.

Since beginning this undertaking, another Tyler graduate has started to add to my current information. Jessica Moran has begun to compile biographical information on the personalities contained in this data base. She is attempting to provide a more thorough, personal look at the people and their lives. At the end of each page is the word "biography", when this project is completed "biography" will become a link to a page addressing that particular person. Her job is more difficult than mine and I hope that there will be enough interest to send Jessica any information which you think could possibly help.

Which leads to the next way this site could grow without even involving another full blown research project. If you feel this is important, please send information. You can send the information via e-mail to crafts@blue.temple.edu or via snail-mail to:

Research Project
Attn: Stanley Lechtzin
Tyler School of Art
Temple University
7725 Penrose Ave.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Be sure to send some type of instructions as to who and where the information should be applied. To the best of my knowledge this information is correct, but please feel free to inform me if you find something wrong. Just send it to the above address.

I wish to acknowledge and thank the following, without whom this site would have never materialized: first, all of those that answered the surveys that were distributed and secondly, Sarah Bodine and Michael Dunas for allowing us to use their extensive research to obtain our goals. Also, Stanley Lechtzin, Vickie Sedman and all of the Tyler graduates who have completed interviews. Without Stanley and Vickie's insight, guidance and support this would have never have started and without the existing interviews from the Tyler Metals History Project the information would have been far harder to find."