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Brooklyn Metal Works (BKMW) is a metal art studio that offers space to rent for the development of work in the metalsmithing field, as well as offering concept based classes and gallery space to promote artists, designers and makers.The intention of this studio is to present a safe working and learning environment, complete with a wide inventory of tools and equipment. This collaborative setting is designed to foster exploration, encourage experimentation, and strengthen the knowledge base of all involved.Brooklyn Metal Works aims to promote the field of metalsmithing and to further critical dialogue among those who practice, write and invest time and energy into the field.
Brian Weissman

Erin S. Daily

Brian Weissman received his MFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and his BA in Technical Theater and Art studio from SUNY Geneseo. In the past Brian has taught at the University of the Arts, the 92nd St. Y, SUNY New Paltz, The New England Craft Center and at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Brian’s artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work can be seen in Silver Magazine, Metalsmith magazine, 500 Judaica and most recently the 16th Silver Triennial catalog. Brian enjoys working with traditional metalsmithed objects to examine how their socially, politically and culturally inherited meanings and values can be distorted through a constantly changing world. Through these explorations he tries to find the humor and beauty in the objects he creates.http://brianweissman.com/

Erin has been working in metal ever since she nabbed a pair of her dad’s needle-nosed pliers to reconfigure her costume jewelry into something a little more to her liking.  That was more than twenty years ago, and she hasn’t stopped making since, though her tools, materials, and techniques have been upgraded.

Erin’s interest in metal led her to attend the University of Kansas for her BFA in Metal.  After several years of working in her own studio and also training and working as a bench jeweler, she returned to school to investigate the concepts and ideas of contemporary craft and metalsmithing. Her graduate studies at SUNY New Paltz helped her hone her understanding of critical theory, explore new concepts and techniques, and strengthen her commitment to building a stronger community and audience for contemporary metal.  Since receiving her MFA in Metal, Erin has continued to make art and to show her work nationally and internationally.

As a benefit of living in New York City, Erin has had the opportunity to learn the jewelry industry from the inside out, and she has built relationships with various vendors and suppliers.  For several years she worked for the Robert Bentley Company, where she developed her great love of colored gemstones, became well acquainted with the Diamond District, and worked at many large trade shows across the country.

In addition to making art, Erin has taught metalsmithing classes at institutions such as SUNY New Paltz, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the 92nd St. Y, and Snow Farm: The New England Craft Center. Erin enjoys helping her students discover what they are inspired by and teaching them to make the art that they are passionate about.

Erin continues her own education by attending lectures and by participating in short courses including the construction workshop at Arcosanti, AZ, and the Now Tree workshop with Ruudt Peters in the Netherlands. She is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths and is a FAIRMINED licensee, which is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. She also is a Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) member and regularly attends their national conferences.

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