Danielle Gerber is a local Maine Artisan. She grew up on the coast of New Hampshire and moved to Maine to obtain her BFA in metals and jewelry from the Maine College of Art. As a diversely trained metalsmith she crafts jewelry, sculptures and home wares; which she sells at stores and craft shows throughout New England. In 2016 Danielle was awarded National Craft Week’s Rising Stars: 30 Exceptional Craftspeople Under 30 Award, for her raised metal sculptures. Most recently she was awarded an emerging artisan studio equipment grant from the Maine Crafts Association.
See her working at the Museum near or in the blacksmith shop on July 31st, September 6th, and September 27th this year.
Check out this awesome video of Danielle working on a vessel here at the Museum!
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.