Heather Mclarty has spent the last 20 plus years establishing herself as a well-known artist and craftsperson. Her work has been selected for public parks and national art exhibitions. She is also very accomplished with the repousse and high relief chasing techniques, which she teaches in classes across the country. She continues to explore the endless ways to transform hard, industrial materials into lively, organic pieces of sculpture and functional art. In 2001 she won a CBA grant to study high relief chasing with Kirsten Skiles at the John C Campbell Folk School. Also in 2005 after winning a Bedayn grant she spent several transformative weeks in the Czech Republic and studied Louis XVI ornament and tooling from the master smith Alfred Habermann.
Heather’s YouTube Repousse video
Heather’s video about the Occidental College gate she made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszVY2F6K-4
What we talked about:
- How she transitioned from being a steel fabricator in the theater industry to a blacksmith and artist
- How she started teaching blacksmithing and repousse workshops
- Her business model and how she prices her work
- How she keeps herself physically fit
- Glass and steel together
- Adams forge and her involvement
- How much Adams Forge paid for a very impressive #3 Chambersburg power hammer
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