Justin Klocke – Jewelry and Small Metals

Justin Klocke – Jewelry and Small Metals

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My name is Justin Klocke I am a studio artists.
(Laughter) My name is Justin Klocke I looked right at the camera when I said that lets
do it over. My name is Justin Klocke. I am a studio artist I work primary with a jewelry
and a metal smiting studio and I am a lecture here at Humboldt State University. I started
off studying design and fell into and fell in love with working with my hands. I specialize
in, I would say mostly in jewelry. As an artists I don’t like to stop at just jewelry, if
I want to make something if I want to make a sculpture it may be made of foam and duct
tape. Materiality is really important to me that’s why I am a jewelry studio but I also
don’t think that you should be limited by, I don’t want to limit myself I guess by
one media or mediums. Well a student coming into beginning jewelry class really should
just kind of be open to learning. There’s a lot of different techniques, you’ll find
a lot of weird tools when you first walk into the studio things you don’t know what they
do or mean or how to use them and a lot of the process are brand new so being detailed oriented helps.
Being really refined is something I use, I like in my work but I have students that come
in that are totally different from my style that I’ll fall in love with their work because
they look at metal in a totally different way than I do. Well the goal is to do some
kind of sort of net. Oh cool. Hopefully it will turn out I was hoping to crochet some
wire but I have no idea how to do that so I may…. I really just admire the openness
and openness to kind of being uncertain or afraid of the process but also not too afraid
to not jump in and work with it kind of play. We are making containers to hold a object
we’re looking at maybe insignificant objects that they aren’t insignificant their value
is subjective. They are primarily learning the ken seam process so they are making a
specific seams that can withstand forming over a stake with a plastic or demlue mallet
taking these containers into more unique individual forms and creating a lid as well for each
one of them. You’ll see students just get engulfed in a semesters time and become a
makers and not just be here to jut take an art class for an art credit. What makes a
good metal artist? Well it depends on the metal artist. I think a combination of craftsmanship
and concepts is a strong foundation its kind of a venn diagram where things pull and tug
across different influences. I think a really great artists acknowledges both craftsmanship
and their concept and tie them together and make those balances kind of obvious but subtly
obvious. Should’t to reach out and bite you but should be a well balanced piece which would be a
well balanced maker.

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