Spring Hammer-In April 26-28, 2024 Demonstrator Line-Up
Our demonstrator for the weekend is Andy Dohner. Andy Dohner grew up in central Pennsylvania and studied metalworking at Lebanon County Career and Technical Center. After ten years of working as an industrial welder and fabricator he began to develop an interest in making objects of his own design. In 2002 Andy made a career change to learn more about creative making by studying with artist blacksmiths across the United States. Inspired by what he learned about the artistic forging process, Andy eventually started his own studio practice, combining his interest in industrial processes with conceptual designs. Andy currently operates a studio practice in Western North Carolina with a focus on functional and sculptural objects. You can find his work in and outside the home and public space. Andy has participated in exhibits and teaching opportunities across the count
Functional WorkThrough my early exposure to steel manufacturing I developed high level of craftsmanship and an attention to detail that is apparent in my work today. In my functional work I apply a modern design aesthetic to traditional forms in steel and bronze with a heavy emphasis on the forging process. Through my sculptural work I re-envision often overlooked common objects and transform them into pieces that highlight the change in scale.