I was sent links to two videos recently by a reader, each about one half of a documentary on acclaimed jeweler/metalsmith Ford Hallam. Hallam’s path is following, and branching from, traditional Japanese metal crafts. He has indeed reached a high level of consummate artisanry in his work. I am deeply impressed by his skill, and humbled by the purity of his approach to the work, and thought I’d share these videos –Utsushi – In Search of Katsuhira’s Tiger – with readers here. For full screen, click twice and you will find yourself over on YouTube.
Hallam’s teacher in Japanese metal craft is Izumi, Koshiro, and here Hallam makes some comments about his sensei:
And finally, Hallam comments about his method of work, which is centered on hand tools:
I hope readers here find, like I did, tremendous inspiration in this artist’s work. I feel energized to deepen my path of study and effort in the medium in which I work.