Selections from the Exhibition

Excess, 2008

New Steel Heels with Bows, 2009

Master Metalsmith 2009: Elizabeth Brim

Brim was raised in Columbus, Georgia and received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 1979. Soon after she began taking classes at the Penland School of Crafts, studying ceramics, woodworking, metals, and finally blacksmithing. She continued to volunteer and work at Penland, until she became an instructor and iron studio coordinator in 1995. She held that post until 2001, and now lives in Penland where she works as a full time studio artist.

Brim has taught blacksmithing at Penland, Haystack School in Deere Island, ME and, Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ and has been a visiting artist at several institutions, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been included in several important invitational exhibitions and is represented in the Horn Collection in Little Rock, AR and the White House Art Collection.

About her work, Brim says “My sculptures are made using both innovative and ancient blacksmithing techniques. I am thinking about my heritage and what is expected of me as a Southern woman, making fun of myself and creating the world as I want it to be.”

above image: Mama's Hat, 2007