Bruce Metcalf

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Bruce Metcalf (born September 30, 1949 in Amherst, Massachusetts) is an American artist who uses different materials including wood, metal, and plexiglass for his works.[1] Metcalf is a supporter of new craftsmen and women's inventiveness in the absence of a degree in a hands-on trade.[2]


He received his B.F.A. in Crafts/Metalsmithing in 1972 at Syracuse University. He also majored in Architecture at Syracuse from 1968-1970. From 1972-73 he attended Montana State University and from 1973-74 attended SUNY College at New Paltz. In 1977 he received his M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

Professional experience[edit]

  • Co-author with Janet Koplos of "Makers: 20th Century American Studio Crafts", to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009
  • Senior Lecturer 2007, 1999, 1997, 1994–1995, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Advisory Committee, “Craft in America” television series
  • Instructor 1992, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor of Jewelry/Metals 1986 - 1991 Assistant Professor 1981-1986, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Contributing Editor, Metalsmith magazine, 1980–1992, 1995–2001
  • Visiting Instructor, 1983, University of Houston Graduate School of Architecture, Houston, Texas
  • Instructor of Metalsmithing 1979-1980, Department of Continuing Education Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Artist-in-Residence 1980, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Temporary Instructor of Metalsmithing 1977-1978, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Benchworker for "New England Weather," Leverett, Massachusetts, (production of silver jewelry) 1974-1975
  • Benchworker for Kurt Matzdorf, New Paltz, New York 1974

Grants, fellowships and awards[edit]

Selected museum collections[edit]


  • Crafts: Second Class Citizens?, in Metalsmith magazine, 1980.
  • Crafts New Borderland: A Grass Roots Movement of Handcraft is Taking Hold[4]
  • The Meaning of Making, Catalogue essay for "Craft as Content: National Metals Invitational", Emily Davis Gallery, The University of Akron, Ohio 1987.
  • On the Nature of Jewelry, in Jewelry Australia Now. Craft Australia Series Publication, 1989.
  • Replacing the Myth of Modernism, in American Craft, February/March 1993, Volume 53, Number 1.

Artist statement[edit]

"These necklaces and brooches represent a recent departure. They are neither narrative nor conceptual jewelry. Instead, I want to make jewelry that is decorative and comfortably wearable. Beyond that, I want these articles to become the center of attention when they are worn, and thus to make their wearers feel exceptional".


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  2. ^ Metcalf, Bruce (2010). Crafts New Borderland. p. 36. 
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  4. ^ Metcalf, Bruce. Craft’s New Borderland. “Metalsmith,” vol. 30, no. 1, Mar. 2010
  • U. Ilse Neumann, American Studio Jewelry Movement - Créateurs de bijoux américains du XXème siècle, in "Bijou, Objet, Corps. In-corporer", L'Harmattan, 2008, ISBN 978-2-296-07029-5

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