Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce (b. 1956) is a blacksmith who works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the age of 13, he became an apprentice to a blacksmith and at 16 he dropped out of school to dedicate his life to metalsmithing.

He constructs in iron to express the landscape through classical and contemporary forging techniques. He creates architectural blacksmithing pieces like gates as well as lighting fixtures. He was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2003 and was an artist in residence at Kohler Arts/Industry Programís factory in Wisconsin.

Tom Joyce is featured in the Memory episode of Craft in America.

See other work by Joyce in our Virtual Exhibition.

Tom Joyce working in his studio

The Rio Grande Gates were made from iron refuse, (55 gallon drums, metal signs, car bodies, nails, fencing, etc.) found along the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, Kate Joyce photograph

Tom Joyce using an air hammer to form his Fibonacci bowl

Watch Tom Joyce shape his Fibonacci bowl.

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