Anna Koplik "Scissor Coat Rack"
Anna Koplik "Scissor Coat Rack"
Incubation: Artists in Pursuit of Discovery

Anna Koplik "Scissor Coat Rack"


steel, brass
15" x 5" x 2"

"Ever since I started blacksmithing, I’ve been in love with the idea of being able to forge whatever tool I needed. Recently I started focusing on scissors as my next toolmaking challenge and became fascinated by the process of forging the handles. When prompted in a class to come up with a coat rack design, I instantly thought of the scissor handles. It was such a complicated, elegant forging with subtle transitions and lines that fit perfectly with my aesthetic for delicate, refined blacksmith work. An abstracted version of that scissor handle form became my inspiration for this coat rack."

My time as an assistant at Peters Valley expanded my technical skills and opened my eyes to the world of blacksmithing. Even more than that, it grew my passion for blacksmithing and showed me how I could pursue it as a career. I discovered a love for teaching and working in the community of a craft school and gained the skills and experience to begin working as a blacksmith. Now, as a journeyman, I’ve built my career by working at craft schools, teaching blacksmithing, and doing architectural ironwork. I would not be where I am today without the experiences I had while at Peters Valley.

Anna Koplik, Belle Mead, NJ
Anna Koplik attended Pratt Institute for a BFA in Jewelry and has worked at Peters Valley School of Craft, Atlas Forge, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Spirit Ironworks, Inc., and Center for Metal Arts. She has also taught blacksmithing at a variety of craft schools and is currently traveling and working as a teacher and blacksmith. Anna has a passion for educating and showing beginner smiths the many different possibilities blacksmithing has to offer. Her personal work focuses mainly on tool and utensil making, and combining functionality with a refined, delicate aesthetic.

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