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

Graeme Sheffield
The Ironwood Anvil
Guelph, ON

Graeme is a self-trained artisan blacksmith who utilizes traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques to forge objects of lasting beauty. Graeme enjoys taking the otherwise cold, lifeless medium of steel, and manipulating it in ways that allow people to appreciate its flexibility, strength and limitations at the same time.

“ Most of society can only imagine what it must be like to experience the passing of the human spirit from this world to the afterworld. It is fitting that the survivors help the deceased as much as themselves on the next part of the journey, and honour the departed in ways that reflect their past life on Earth. Grave goods are to me, a way of cherishing the deceased, and holding a reverence for life and the human spirit.”

'Lifted Spirits'
Forged mild steel

The funerary urn can take many shapes and forms. The idea behind this particular urn was to not only encapsulate the physical remains of the person, but to “lift” their spirits up and present them to the Creator.

Forged mild steel

Burning candles to light the spirit’s way is important for the souls of the living and the dead.

forged mild steel

I have paid my respects to various deceased members of family and friends over the last few years while they laid in waiting at funeral services. This time was very private to me. While I realize that others respected my “space” that I need to pay my final respects, I remember wishing to have been in solitude with the deceased to truly pass on some of my thoughts, uninterrupted.


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