Thomas Muir | Espresso Server
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist|
Since 1991, Thomas Muir has been on the faculty of Bowling Green State College in Ohio. Before that, he taught at the Center for Creative Studies in the College of Art and Design, Detroit, Michigan.
He's the Past President of the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, amd a Distinguished Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
My work has involved the creation of figurative images within a vessel format using mechanical influences as a source for individual elements. I find these mechanical sources more intriguing than natural forms because machines and tools are continuously being improved upon and developed for various applications and operations. The unexpected forms and structural relationships I find in machines and tools induce a reaction of curiosity within me as to purpose and function. The finished works, employing traditional metalsmithing concepts, engage these mechanical influences processed through drawings and combined with a reference to historical artworks.
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Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
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