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

David Robertson
The Hammer and Tongs
Pinkerton ON

Originally trained as a Geological Engineer David Robertson has been smithing for over 20 years. He now makes his living creating custom forged artwork and teaching classes in artistic blacksmithing at his shop north of Kitchener.

“ The Grave Goods Exhibition has given me opportunity to create objects both of functionality and symbology. Death does not have to mean utter grief in ones passing. It can be a celebration of a person's life and what they mean to us. To honor people who have touched us, and who, through their influence have added depth to our lives is the greatest respect we can pay to those that have gone before us. Funerals are for the living, and passing is a natural part of life. “

Funeral Urn
forged mild steel

This funeral urn is a sculptural form that is also a functional vessel. I believe that people's lives were not boring so a final resting place can be as unique and varied as that person's life. I have used texture and the contrasting straight and circular elements to symbolize that a whole person is made up of complex pieces. These pieces are assembled into our psyche differently in everyone.
The sculptural urn reminds us that there is always more to a person than what we see from one side.

Stylized Grave Cross
forged mild steel

The Cross is a familiar symbol to people of the Christian faith. It acts as a marker and an identifier. I constructed this cross to be even more symbolic. To me the arms symbolize the radiating of belief out from a central point. Each one of us is the center point and our belief and its influence on those around us are the radiating points.


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