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Confessions of a Blacksmith - Part 1

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Confessions of a Blacksmith - Part 1

Blacksmith Mark Puigmarti has been a valued and respected part of the Uxbridge Studio Tour for many years. Each fall we are thrilled to see what he has hammered out in his Sparks Will Fly Forge. Here Mark shares a little about himself and his bashful inner artist voice.


The Bashful Blacksmith

I have a great respect for writing and being able to ARTiculate in an interesting engaging way. Personally, I have always struggled with writing, especially when describing my work and myself. Maybe everyone does?

This struggle seems to come with the territory. Artists are generally expected to describe their work and/or themselves at some point but the second it's documented in black and white, I hate what I said (I hate this already)…and then think if only someone could do this part on my behalf. 

  • I struggle with composing colourful (non-pretentious) descriptions of my work, and yet I'm more than eager to explain and breakdown the process to provide some understanding of how the raw materials arrived where they are.
    - Mark Puigmarti, Blacksmith

I struggle with composing colourful (non-pretentious) descriptions of my work, and yet I'm more than eager to explain and breakdown the process to provide some understanding of how the raw materials arrived where they are. This can be boring to most people so I tend to keep it brief, but this is not for a lack of enthusiasm. For me process is everything. 

His Artwork Says It All 

I can only hope that the work I produce can do the talking and describing on my behalf.

I believe in putting my every effort and skill into the work and then releasing it into the world. No different than composing a song or music, which takes on a personal meaning and feeling that is different to everyone that is hearing it. Particularly with my sculpture, it does not need me to impose a story behind its existence. The story and impact will be different for everyone and connect or disconnect uniquely with each viewer. 

Can I start this again?

We know you're already looking forward to meeting Mark!  Learn more about Mark Puigmarti on his profile page and be sure to visit his Sparks Will Fly Forge which is Studio 12 of the 2018 Uxbridge Studio Tour.

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