Michael Boyd is a nationally renowned jewelry designer, metalsmith, and lapidary artist based in Pueblo and Salida, Colorado and is a co-owner of Cultureclash Gallery in downtown Salida. Using stone as his primary medium, Michael integrates metal into rock and enjoys finding creative ways to make this concept work in materials that range from simple river rock to gemstones combined with precious metals.
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A Community for Metalsmiths
Colorado Center for Metal Arts is located in Pueblo, Colorado and provides a community for every type of metalsmith to evolve and thrive as a metal artist and jeweler. In addition to our local workshops and classes, we offer classes by world renown masters providing instruction to students at all levels. Our fully equipped facility allows students to explore different techniques
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Just as a finely cut stone has many facets, my work in nature-inspired sculpture and jewelry has many dimensions. I was introduced to art and nature at a young age and these two passions continue to inspire my organic and earthy designs.
Through the Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA) I learned the anticlastic raising metal technique. This process involves hammering different metal, over and over on an antler like form. By immersing myself in this ancient technique, I combine my love for nature and metalsmithing into cohesive nature inspired metal forms.
The anticlastic raising techniques fundamentals are based on hyperbolic parabolas and double helix which are abundant in nature, from flowers to smoke to DNA. The possibilities found in an open field of flowers, or a shadowy path, influence my own styles of jewelry and sculptures.
My work has taken me beyond the basics to incorporate new techniques in my work. Whether casting, stone setting, or lapidary, all are design aspects that can enhance metalsmithing and bring my imagination to life.
In every art show, to custom work in exhibits, I communicate love of nature through metal. I continue to learn and be inspired through my travels, lectures, and residencies.