Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Visit to Metalsmith Fred Fenster's Home and Studio

Fred Fenster with his UW Metals predecessor, Kim Cridler.

A design for a kiddush cup and allen wrenches with golf ball handles for a better grip. 

Fred creating a folding line on his piece of silver through the use of an allen wrench.

A plethora of tools in Fred's studio.

Fred and Kim with Material Culture program director Ann Smart Martin.
Another wall of tools in Fenster's studio.

On Sunday September 26th, metalsmith Fred Fenster graciously welcomed the "Makers: Historic American Studio Craft" seminar class into his home and studio.  To our surprise, he had a table full of snacks and drinks waiting for us, and after settling into his living room, the class sat around while he talked about his long and fruitful career, from his training at CUNY to his graduate work at Cranbrook Academy, and about his long teaching career here at the UW.  After this, we went down to his studio where he demonstrated some of his signature techniques and spoke about the plethora of tools that he owns, many of them intended for other purposes, which bespeaks his creativity and practicality.

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