A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Mark Puigmarti
Sparks Will Fly Forge
Port Perry, ON

Mark finds that forging yellow hot steel is as much an art form in the process as the resulting piece. He is interested in the physical rhythmic progression to producing a piece and has a great respect for and works towards honest joinery of the material. Mark draws inspiration for his craft from many sources including nature, dreams, shadows, and music. He feels that being able to visualize and create new designs is an essential part of the artist blacksmith’s skill. Mark’s creations can be found in many private and public collections in Canada and the United States.

“ The concept of Grave Goods is very intriguing to me because it involves a very deep and lasting decision as to how someone is to be remembered and adorned in their final earthly resting place. Forged metal lends itself well to many possibilities that can be personalized for the tribute of an individual.”

'First Step # 1'
forged mild steel

The concept behind this piece represents our human journey through life. Learning to crawl before we walk, walking before we fly. The first step is always the hardest and although things become slightly easier, through experience and recognition, the journey is an upward (harder) one towards becoming a better person. The steps disappear into what many people
believe is part of the souls continuing journey up an infinite number of steps of enlightenment.

'First Step # 2'
forged mild steel

This works expands and continues to explore the concepts expressed in First Steps #1.


'Memory Table'
forged mild steel, natural sand stone

An important product of our relationships with family and friends is the experience and memories from our times together. The purpose of this table is to display photographs and cherished mementos of our times with those who have touched our lives and are no longer physically with us. The presentation of these reminders acts, as an integral point of reflection with loved ones in our daily life. This table design uses strong materials and joinery methods that are worthy of such a tribute.


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