Crys  Harse














The Artist




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My inspiration comes from the shapes and textures around me.  It might be a field of grain, a wooded slope, a pile of junk in the scrap metal yard, or squashed cars on a flatbed truck. 


It is my fascination with texture

that has led me, over the past several years, to experiment with changing the nature of the metal before making a vessel: raising or sinking a woven form, cutting and weaving metal into a vessel, raising or sinking a pre-etched plate, or wrinkling the metal before forming.


My use of recycled industrial

cast-offs completes the cycle. As a metal-smith I am drawn to industrial debris as someone else might be drawn to pirate's treasure.  I find great satisfaction in taking these work-worn metal parts and transforming them into vessels that could become a valued part of our living space.  Visible hammer marks and rivets in the finished piece often reflect the industrial origin of its components.



My art reflects my continued interest in social history and the nature of change, expressing itself through the juxtaposition of the industrial and the domestic: for instance, metal that looks like lace or wrinkled cloth. 


Influenced by weaving and basketry, my work interlaces one discipline and another, blending textile techniques and the properties of metal to create the unexpected.