Zeevik Gottlieb, Sheldon Browder, Gordon Williams, Michael Saari
Our 2017 demonstrator lineup is all set up!
"Zeevik Gottlieb is a successful sculptor and blacksmith who creates his sculptures through observation and love of the human body while testing the boundaries of the material. He tracks the movement and flow that surrounds us providing his unique interpretation.
At 1200 degrees, Gottlieb turns raw steel into the fine outlines of the body, emotions, and relationships. In his worldview, everything can be softened, molded and reborn. The result is always a balance between the concrete and the abstract, embodying the artist's private world, perceptions and memories.
In 2009, Gottlieb gained international acclaim by winning first place at the Iron Forging World Championship in Stia Italy, and been invited to participate in competitions and guide workshops around the world.
Zeevik started on this path in 1993. Over the years he accumulated valuable experience and diverse artistic capabilities, manifesting themselves in sculptors that incorporate iron and bronze as well as other natural materials such as wood, stone, and glass." -Zeevik Gottleib Facebook Page
Shelton's career in blacksmithing began in 1985 after leaving the family hardware business. A native of North Carolina, one of his first jobs was at Tryon Palace, an 18th century historic site in Newbern, North Carolina. For nearly twenty years he has been at the Anderson blacksmith shop in Colonial Williamsburg where he became a journeyman smith under Peter Ross. Part of his work there involves the study and recreation of colonial blacksmith techniques from historical pieces.
"Gordon Williams has been blacksmithing since the late 1980's and full-time since 1993. In his production smithy, Victory Forge, he creates home exterior/interior hardware, lamps, fire sets, and much more, as well as architectural projects such as custom gates and the railing project he recently completed at the Grand Canyon. Gordon is an avid runner and bicyclist and in May of 2013, he performed a Demo Event in Fairbanks, Alaska. Upon completing the demo, Gordon then rode his bicycle from the event in Fairbanks,
to San Francisco California... over 3000 miles.
Gordon started teaching classes at his shop, Victory Forge, in the late 1990's, and for Pieh Tool Company, at the Bill Pieh Resource for Metalwork, beginning in 2003. He is a favorite demonstrator for the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association (AABA), and other ABANA Chapters, and often provides public and private demonstrations nationwide. The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Assoc.(UMBA) Library has an outstanding video available of Gordon demonstrating at the
2007 BAM conference.
A proud father of two sons; one an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Air Force and the other a Christian Missionary currently on mission in New Guinea, Gordon finds great joy in getting his students "fired up" to unlock their artistic talents.
A number of Gordon's past students now have successful blacksmithing businesses of their own.
" -Gordon Williams Blackmsmith School website
"Michael Saari, artist-blacksmith, has been working with metal since the early 1970's. He studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, apprenticed at the International Teaching Center for Metal Design in Aachen, Gemnany, and completed an MFA at Southern Illinois University in sculpture and metals. He has demonstrated, taught and lectured in the USA and internationally. Saari's commissions can be seen in historic museums, public sculptures, and private residences. Recent work included a 2-year project for Mystic Seaport, restoring and reproducing marine hardware for the 1841 Charles W. Morgan whaleship. He teaches art at Nichols College, close to his home and studio in Woodstock, CT." - Michael Saari