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Artist Details: Sandra Dunn

Website: www.twosmiths.ca
Email: forge@twosmith.ca
Phone: 518-571-9538
View Work: Gallery Page

Address

41 Ardelt Pl.
Kitchener, ON
N2C 2C8

Artist Bio

Sandra Dunn started blacksmithing in 1995 after completing a BFA at the University of Waterloo. Commissions include gates, railings, hardware, fountains, and furniture in mild steel, wrought iron, stainless steel and copper. "My interest in this type of work has to do, primarily, with engaging on a very physical level with the shaping of material that has a long history of serving both an ornamental and functional purpose: the construction of gates, railings, hardware objects that are both useful and meaningful. Even as a child, I recognized that it was the act of making things that delighted me the thing itself, once completed, has always held very little interest to me whether it be a lego town, or a shoebox dollhouse. For me, the process of discovering and choosing the appropriate materials and then setting about shaping them and then watching the thing appear before my eyes was everything. Over the past ten years I have learned a great deal from others who have been fortunate enough to serve apprenticeships in Europe in both blacksmithing and coppersmithing. I am painfully aware of my lack of formal training as a blacksmith and yet I am also aware of the fact that I have been honing this risky business of intuitively diving headfirst into a project in an attempt to achieve what seems improbable with the mantra, Don't turn your back on your gut, tied to my belly. I hope that it gets me somewhere. On some level I know that it already has."