Raising is the technique of forming a flat sheet of metal over a cast iron T-stake or head, forming and compressing the metal to take a hollow form. Using “raising” hammers and stakes, the smith hammers the metal at an angle against the stake, forming it into a bowl shape. Hammering the bowl shape against the stakes the silversmith “raises” the body shape. Silver coffee pots and other household objects were made by hand using this technique until the 19th century when the process was mechanized.
Danielle Gerber is an artist, metalsmith and jeweler. She grew up in rural New England which fostered a close connection to nature. She received her BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry at the Maine College of Art. Her work explores how our culture views our environment through her love for forming and manipulating metal.
See her working at the Museum near or in the blacksmith shop on the following dates:
Thursdays June 15, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Sept 28.
Check out this awesome video of Danielle working on a vessel here at the Museum!