Artist Statement: As the son of an artist and master metal smith, my blood is the confluence of the two. It was inevitable that metal would become my medium. Encouraged from an early age not to follow parental paths, artistic expression was not given much attention – or repressed all together. However, flashes of passion and skill with the sterile medium garnered praise and support that fueled the dormant flame. I am a metal artist!
I’ve created a wide array of functional and artistic metal pieces,
finding pleasure in the process of creation – plan, sketch, fabricate,
and deliver. The intellectual exercise and challenge is motivating, and
the craftsmanship of handwork is very rewarding. I enjoy creating
unique objects that are used or encourage interaction. I like
abstraction because of the mental engagement required of the viewer.
Their past and present experiences will “personalize” what they see. My
work simply offers a platform for mental junkets of whimsy and peace.
Biography: Dace Koenigsknecht has been creating
functional and artistic metal pieces since 2006. He grew up in the
house of an artist mother and master metal smith father. Both were
instrumental in developing his artistic eye and appreciation for
handcrafted work. It was this unique environment of artistic creativity
and practical creation that proved to be a fruitful foundation for
A chance meeting with a blacksmith in 2006 led to an informal
apprenticeship in which Dace gained understanding and appreciation for
the fluidity of iron. The normally rigid and sterile substance becomes
the perfect expressive medium with the addition of heat. The basic
skills of the blacksmith can be used in numerous combinations to create
stunning, long-lasting pieces – whether a functional fireplace screen or
a beautiful garden sculpture.
Dace is the founding secretary of the Blacksmiths of Woldumar guild,
which has grown from four initial members to regular attendance of 20 or
more. He is also an active member of the statewide organization,
Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association. Dace is a multi-year
participant in ScrapFest in Old Town Lansing, where sculptures are
created of scrap metal in less than two weeks. In addition, Dace is a
proud member of Grove Gallery Co-op in East Lansing, where several of
his pieces are available. He is available for commission work.
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