Exhibiting Artist


Stainless steel, copper, brass, and sterling silver compass

2.5 x 2.25 x 1 inches

Photographed by artist

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As my submission for the Halstead Design Challenge 2018 “Hidden” I chose not to hide something within the piece, but rather to reference something hidden externally. My creation features a compass as the found object, and a topographic contour map of the hidden location. A pop-up sight serves as the mechanism, and allows the seeker to find their way by orienting to landmarks.


Chris Tinnen teaches Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Collin College in Frisco Texas, where he has instructed since 2005. He has served as advisor to student groups, and juror for a variety of exhibitions. He holds an MFA in metals from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale IL, and a BFA in metals from the University of North Texas. His work has been shown at numerous shows throughout the United States. His pieces range from wearable jewelry-scale pieces to large sculptural objects. His work often features steel, or stainless steel, and frequently reflects his deep and early fascination with machines, mechanisms, and tools.