Demo in Dakar

Tim McCreight is a designer, teacher, author and metalsmith. He received a B.A. from The College of Wooster and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. He taught full-time for 25 years, first in Massachusetts and then at the Maine College of Art. Tim has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the US and in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway and the UK. He has written more than a dozen books, produced a half dozen videos, and created Apps for mobile devices. He has served on several boards including the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is cofounder of the Toolbox Initiative, a program that distributes donated tools to jewelers in Africa. He runs a publishing company called Brynmorgen Press.

McCreight, Brooch

Good Work & Good Works: A Keynote in Two Parts

We all want our work to be good. Welcome to the artist’s path. Is my work good? Is it good enough? Is it better than it was before? This question follows us through our artistic lives, from the first bent wire ring to the gallery installation. Is this good work? Because it’s such a personal question, it makes sense to come at it from a personal angle. Tim will reflect on his four decades of working with metal to examine the various ways we measure the value or importance of what we do and the objects we make.

For some of us, the objects that trace our professional path are only part of the picture. What about teaching, mentoring, writing, and the many other ways the skills we hone in the studio carry over to our social lives? For Tim this includes a volunteer effort called the Toolbox Initiative. For the last three years, this program has collected tools and materials from metalsmiths and given them to jewelers in West Africa. It is an example of the way simple creative ideas propelled by good intentions can change the world.