FORGE profiles artists who are working in what could be called the only tangible example of “alchemy” we have: the forging of metal – hard and soft, cold and hot, brittle and pliable – magically transformed by fire. One of the first substances used by humans, metal continues to serve, fascinate and challenge. FORGE features silversmith Chloe Darke, Old Newbury Crafters, artist Tom Pullin, and sculptor Albert Paley.  Through this mysterious material, they express their creativity, skill and resourcefulness.  Their work ranges from delicate jewelry to monumental sculptures — all powerful examples of the metalsmith’s art. PBS premiere: October 25, 2013.


Geoffrey Blake at Old Newbury Crafters. Mark Markley photograph Old Newbury Crafters

Tom Pullin. Mark Markley photograph Jeremiah Holland at the Corcoran College. Mark Markley photograph Davide Prete forging, Mark Markley photograph

Albert Paley. Mark Markley photograph


EDUCATION GUIDE: Chloe Darke: Function and Expression in Metalsmithing

Chloe Darke. Mark Markley photograph

Students will explore the work of metalsmith Chloe Darke, who produces silverware in traditional patterns for the company Old Newbury Crafters. Additionally, in her own studio work Darke creates expressive vessels she describes as “objects of empowerment,” and these reference the female form. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the functions of Chloe Darke’s tableware with her vessels, through a class debate arguing the value of each form—the utilitarian traditional silverware and the expressive contemporary vessels. Additionally, students will sketch a design for their choice of a utilitarian, historically based metal object, or a contemporary vessel with symbolic meaning.


Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Beth Spiegel, A.C.E. ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Associate Producer Denise Kang ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Production Coordinator Beverly Feldman ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Sound Recordist Richard K. Pooler ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison, Josh Weinhaus ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley ∙ Grip Peter T. Lindberg ∙ Production Assistants Matthew Hawk, Dan Levy, Matthew Petsos ∙ Main Title Crew Camera Control, Inc., Drew Dumas, Ruth Oglesby, Christopher Williams ∙ Assistant Editors Emily-Rose Wagner, Jed Lackritz ∙ Score Producer Nora Kroll Rosenbaum ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer Jonathan Iglecias ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Craig R. Bertolett, Jeffrey Clancy, David W. Darby, Chloe Darke, Abby Johnston, Joe Klein, Bruce Miller, Maxine Miller, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Old Newbury Crafters, Paley Studios, Tom Pullin, WXXI ∙ Special Thanks Bausch & Lomb, Retired Brigadier General Nolen Bivens U.S. Army, Brianna Byrne, Elizabeth Cameron, Corcoran College of Art + Design, The Fund for Park Avenue, Susan A. Grode, Malcolm Holzman, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Klein Steel, Jennifer Laemlein, Maple Grove Enterprises, Eudorah Moore, Ornament Magazine, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Steven Poster, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts, Steel Works Inc, Peter Stranger, The Strong Museum, Leonard Urso, Cathy Waterman ∙ In Memory of Toshi Seeger ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2013 Craft In America, All Rights Reserved.