Sep 17, 2018
This week I’ve got Anna Koplik, a young blacksmith who is
currently completing an artist residency at the Touchstone Center
for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. She talks about her
BFA in Jewelry and how she became interested in weaponry during
college, which ended up being her intro to blacksmithing.
Before we get to the interview I wanted to mention today’s
sponsor is again provided on behalf of the New England
Blacksmiths, an ABANA affiliate serving Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island. And also will be
driving the ABANA 2020 Conference in Saratoga, NY
They’ve got a great website, check it out at http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/
What We Talked About
- Anna is currently finishing an artist residency at the
Touchstone center for crafts, during this 4-week residency she has
been working on making tools for herself.
- In exchange for Anna being able to use the school’s resources
to make her tools during her residency, she helps out around the
school, cleaning and assisting in other classes.
- The school’s blacksmith shop has 12 student coal forging
stations, an instructor coal forge, each with an anvil and post
vise, a room full of tongs and hammers, 2 power hammers and gas
- In years past Anna has worked at the school as a studio
technician and was able to assist some top-rated instructors that
have taught there such as Tom Latane and Mark Aspery.
- She has a BFA from Pratt Institute, she focused on jewelry and
also became interested in weaponry. This interest led her to take a
bladesmithing class at the Peter’s Valley School of Craft, this
opened up the world of blacksmithing to her.
- Anna ended up taking an assistant position in the blacksmith
shop at Peters Valley for a summer and this helped her grow her
skills at the forge.
- Another stepping stone for Anna was her winter apprenticeship
with Atlas Forge where they focused on production