MacArthur Fellow Tom Joyce

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Tom Joyce was apprenticed to a blacksmith at the age of 13, and no, Joyce is not a character from a Dickens novel, he’s a artist who just won a MacArthur genius grant for his ability to melt and mold metal in completely unexpected ways.

Fascinated by what fire, a hammer, and an anvil can do to a piece of metal, Joyce dropped out of high school to become a full time craftsman. For him, metal is magic, he believes it holds the emotions and energies of all the people who have touched it.

And so from a baptismal font forged from a community’s cast-offs to a museum gate fashioned from trash from the banks of the Rio Grande, Joyce practices his peculiar alchemy, transforming craft into art.


Tom Joyce, blacksmith and MacArthur fellow .