Thomas Mann has been a mover and shaker in the art-jewelry field for 25 years. In fact, the first exhibition that Keith’s work was in (in 1990) was alongside Tom's - it was an exhibition entitled "A Collector's Choice - Jewelry For The Next Decade." Thomas coined a term for his work: 'Techno-Romantic' - which succinctly sums up his blend of high-tech metals and antique found imagery and elements.
Besides being a terrific metalsmith, Thomas has a serious head for the business side of art-making, and he has done many workshops geared toward making it financially in the world of jewelry. Not only does he have a large staff working for him to help him produce his production jewelry, he owns a gallery right in the heart of New Orleans. He has done a lot in the jewelry field to dispel the myth of the 'starving artist'.
There are many good metalsmiths out there. But just being good at your craft does not mean that you are able to effectively teach what you know. The single most common feedback heard from Thomas' workshops has been the sheer ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM he has for communicating his talents and techniques. He seems right at home in a bustle of activity, and prides himself on being there and available for every student, no matter how much or how little experience they may have.
Keith and Thomas share that quality - both of them encourage those who have never tried anything like this to jump in and see what magic results.
So the collaborative class they are teaching looks to be a lot of fun. Tom comes about the world of found objects from a very different perspective than Keith, which will definitely round out the experience of learning from the both of them.
Keith’s approach to object making has landed him a solid position in the pantheon of found object artists. Additionally he enjoys an incredible reputation for delivering a lush workshop experience.
Join us for a unique and special weekend with these two lovely and talented guys.