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And the fondness for Nature

 

STATEMENT OF INTENT
I am striving for my work to be an expression of Nature; just as a frog, a tree, or flake of gold, without exertion, express Nature. By Nature, I mean not just the physical world or man's mental processes, but the unseen force that enlivens all creation.

EXPERIENCE

JIM KELSO, ARTIST/CRAFTSMAN : 1972-PRESENT
Design and hand-crafting of boxes, vessels, jewelry, sculpture and netsuke in non-ferrous and ferrous metals, wood, fossil ivory and other natural materials.
Edged weapon design, hafting, scabbard making, ornamentation and custom firearms engraving.


1980-1983
Pearsal & Son, Goldsmith, NH: Jewelry design, construction & model making

1977-1978
Touchstone, Inc.,
partner, retailing of woodworking tools, WA.

1972-1976
Self-employed, stringed musical instrument building, WA.

SKILLS
Work in gold, silver, non-ferrous alloys, iron and steel using the Japanese and European techniques of fabrication, casting, engraving, carving, inlay, coloration, patination, vitreous enameling and blade shaping. Also, works in wood and fossil ivory using carving, inlay, engraving and fabrication techniques to complete the piece.

NOTABLE PROJECTS
Commissioned by Japanese sword collector Shoji Fukuda to fully mount a traditional blade forged by Yoshindo Yoshihara, master Japanese swordsmith. 1993

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2008
Vermont Studio Center
Grant for metalworking study in Japan.


1997
New England Foundation for the Arts
Grant for metalworking study in Japan.

1995 & 1996
Philadelphia Museum Craft Show
Best of Show Award. Second Place Overall Award

1992
Paris Custom Knife Exhibition
First Prize: Coup de Coeur

1990 & 1991
East Coast Custom Knife Show - Meadowlands, NJ
Best Art Knife

1989 & 1991
Vermont Arts Council -
Individual Fellowship


1988
Asian Cultural Council
- Japan-US arts Exchange Fellow:
netsuke & metal working study, Japan


1986
Knifemaker's Guild Show, Dallas, TX
WW Cronk Memorial Award for best of show

LECTURE PRESENTATIONS

1999-2005
“Painting With Metal: Uncovering the Path of Japanese Metalwork”
Slide lecture given by invitations from:
1. The Society of North American Goldsmiths.
2. Boston Museum of Fine Arts
3. Freer Gallery Of the Smithsonian
4. New York University
5. International Netsuke Society, convention, Chicago, IL



 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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