FORGING ON THE RIVER
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: APR. 1 – APR. 3, 2019
GENERAL CONFERENCE: APR. 3 – APR. 5, 2019
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Forging on the River is a weekend conference with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Metal Museum. In addition to the chance to learn from an internationally recognized Master Blacksmith, Forging on the River provides metalsmiths and enthusiasts the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and work collaboratively on projects, all while enjoying the Museum's exhibitions and grounds. The Metal Museum is honored to host Heiner Zimmerman as our 2020 Forging on the River guest demonstrator.
Register for the pre-conference workshop to work alongside Zimmermann, creating a collaborative team sculpture while learning new blacksmithing techniques. Or register for the general conference, which features blacksmithing demonstrations, a slide lecture, and opportunities to interact with Zimmermann along with other artists from across the country.
Heiner Zimmermann is a second generation German blacksmith. His father, Paul Zimmermann, had his works published and thus influenced American and European blacksmiths throughout the 70's and 80's. It was through working with his father and uncle that Heiner had the unique opportunity to meet and work with leading smiths around the world including Hermann Gradinger of Germany, Olaf Punt of Norway, Alfred Habermann of the Czech Republic, Allen Evans of England, and Jeffrey Funk of the USA.
He completed his academic studies with a Master’s Degree in art and did additional studies in welding and restoration. His knowledge and skill led to a professorship at University Gothenburg Sweden which, like Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is one of only a few colleges in the world to offer advanced art degrees with a focus on blacksmithing.
(conference included with workshop registration)
5 seats available | lunch and dinner included
*$150 Early bird registration until Feb. 29
$175 after Mar. 1
22 seats available
General Conference | Student Price
*General Conference registration is included when you register for the Pre-Conference Workshop.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and one Dinner + Auction ticket is provided with General Conference registration. Extra tickets are available for purchase.
View the CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FRIENDS OF FORGING OF RIVER
Friends of Forging on the River supplement conference fees and help present a one-of-a-kind opportunity for participants to learn from and work alongside an internationally recognized blacksmith. In addition, Friends of Forging on the River help ensure that all proceeds from the Dinner + Auction benefit Museum programming throughout the year.