Andrew Meers (Tennessee)

Ball of Yarn

Medium/Materials: Steel, sterling silver, 24k gold, cz’s, and Damascus

Dimensions: 1” x 6” x 0.25”

Year: 2014

Artist Statement: 

Making objects is a way for me to explore various techniques, processes and illustrative themes. I take inspiration from handcrafted objects as well as the intrinsic qualities of materials both natural and refined. The traditional forms, forged steel, and embellished objects in Japanese metalwork inform my practice. In my current work, which appropriates the formal and narrative techniques of the Japanese Reliquary, I have begun creating small shrines such as those used for displaying relics. These shrines memorialize the everyday, serving as semi-permanent documents for ephemeral moments such as walks with friends and catching dragonflies in the woods. 

Dynamic movement, precision, and the palpable click of a lock are the tangible parts of a folding knife that excite me. The intimacy of folding knives also interests me; this is primarily expressed as the hand engages with the mechanism. This tactile interaction has invited me to consider personalization which develops the bond between the knife and owner. I forge, grind and machine pieces that reference natural objects, animals and the character of hand-held objects.

Biography:

Originally from the Boston area, Andrew Meers received a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and received his MFA in Blacksmithing/Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A 2014 SNAG Early Career Artist Presenter, he has also been an instructor at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts. A former Artist in Residence at The National Ornamental Metal Museum, he recently earned his Mastersmith certification from the American Bladesmithing Society. Andrew is the recipient of the B.R Hughes Award, given for the top piece submitted by a Mastersmith candidate.