On the Surface: Metalworking techniques
Metalworking techniques have been an important aspect of craftsmanship across the centuries and in every culture where metal objects are created and used, constantly evolving and changing through time and geographic location. The types of decoration on various metals go beyond aesthetics, serving as important indicators of origin, ideology and immediate cultural concerns.
"On the Surface: Metalworking Techniques" invites viewers to learn about five methods for shaping and decorating the surface of metal objects: Casting, Repoussé, Filigree, Engraving and Openwork – and how each illustrates the broad range of production methods that metalworkers around the world have developed and taken to the highest levels of craftsmanship and artistry. Each of the objects featured here is strikingly different from the others, yet each showcases the intricate beauty of fine metal work. Together, they serve as visual proof that these metal techniques have not only survived throughout history, but have flourished in many different cultural contexts.