What I’m Working On:
I am working with two apprentices thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. The grant allows me, as a master smith, to teach yearlong as a mentor to selected apprentices. My apprentices are two Cherokee artists: James R. Wolfe, and Nathan Bush. The three of us worked together on a previous grant to teach and demonstrate hammered copper at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. Currently, we are working together to advance their metalworking skills.
In 2018, we created and installed an “Eternal Flame” sculpture for the Stecoah Cultural Arts Center in Graham County. Designed and fabricated at Rogers Metals, my Cullowhee studio, the seven-foot-tall, freestanding sculpture incorporates original designs in copper by Bush and Wolfe. The team is currently working on a sculpture of “Grandfather Buzzard” for the new wing of the Cherokee Hospital.
You can find out more about William at RogersMetals.com and on Face Book: RogersMetals
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