Jamie Monroe has been a metalworker for the last 20 years or so. He says, “While I will use any technique or technology available, my passion is to hot forge the metal. When steel is at a red heat it will react as clay and becomes very playful. The technique of forging is commonly associated with the blacksmith.”
Monroe comes to his practice of working with metal as a craftsman and blacksmith. His work exhibits the technical mastery and precision of a craftsman, along with the inventiveness of an artist. His bell sculptures marry repurposed components with forged steel, and pattern and texture enliven every component. He is interested in natural forms, and the process of bonding with raw, natural materials as he crafts.
Monroe holds a BA in studio art from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. He lives and works in Salida, CO.