I have officially started my MFA experience at Ft Hays State University in Hays, KS this month with a three week long course in black smithing. Now, you may be asking yourself how such a little woman can do something like black smithing. All I can say is, your not the only one to express that sentiment, but I am really enjoying it. Sure, it's challenging. I've got a small burn on my thumb and a couple of blisters starting to form on my hammer hand, my hammer arm is aching and all I have to show for it is a few pieces of bent metal. At the same time, it's really quite fun because I'm getting to play with fire. It's a bit like firing a wood kiln, but with a hammer and you get to see your work immediately.
As for the work, it's really not all that great, but I keep reminding myself of what my first pots looked like. They weren't anything special, but look at how far I've come in the intervening years.
So far we have learned how to make hooks in class and we are starting to work on a two pronged fork. I am also thinking that I would like to walk away from this class with some teapot handles to be added to teapots at a later date. I think that learning skills like metal forging and welding will also help with my ceramic sculptures. Certainly, these skills will come in handy when I need a stand for a sculpture and I may even be able to incorporate forged metals into my sculptures.