UTAH | Nile and Michelle Fahmy

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UTAH | Nile and Michelle Fahmy

950.00

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Mini Dancing Vase II
Raised copper vessel with 23K gold leaf

Copper, 23K gold leaf

4.25"L x 4.25 "W x 4.5"H

This vessel was raised seamlessly from a flat sheet of copper using specialized hammers and anvils. It was then sculpted with hammer blows into a lovely twisting form. The vessel's interior was gilded with 23K gold leaf.

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Nile and Michelle Fahmy

ARTIST STATEMENT
We are metalsmiths. We apply traditional smithing techniques to base & precious metals to create seamless & fabricated vessels. The techniques we use include raising, chasing, & repoussé. These techniques are all aspects of the forging process. Forging is the beating of metal with a hammer between rounds of heat application, and it is the heart of our method of creation. Our work is made by free hand hammering sheet metal into a new object of art.

Our metalwork is driven by ancient techniques, some of which date back to the Bronze Age. This means that we practice and preserve smithing techniques that are rarely seen in our world today. Every piece produced requires a great amount of focus, control, physical strength, and endurance. A single vessel may require thousands of hammer blows and hundreds of hours of labor. Each finalized piece of art is completely unique due to the nature of the forging process.

We draw our inspiration from the patterns of the natural world. These patterns of growth, erosion, and decay are everywhere around us. By studying these patterns, we can use a hammer to be wind on stone, water on earth, or the gentle unfurling of a young leaf. The metal moves again and again beneath the hammer blow, eventually coming to rest in a new form, and finally the creative process is complete. Nothing is added, nothing is subtracted, there is only the metamorphosis.

We create our metal artwork because we believe in the power and enduring beauty of a handcrafted object. We are making heirloom artifacts that will be shared across generations. By creating these metal vessels and objects, we are ever present in the human story. Joining the many artists and artisans who came before us, we are simultaneously pulling from the past, and giving to the future.