In July, I attended the opening of my first solo exhibition outside of Canada, at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The Museum is an impressive complex of heritage buildings centered around a beautiful sculpture garden on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. The buildings house rotating exhibitions, a permanent collection, forge, foundry, and a residency. Thanks to everyone at the Museum who made me and my partner Damon feel so welcome during our stay there!

The residency, where forge foreman Jim Mattheson hosted us during our stay.

The residency, where forge foreman Jim Mattheson hosted us during our stay.

The view from the gazebo, where we ate our breakfasts, and watched the sunsets (not simultaneously of course!)

The view from the gazebo, where we ate our breakfasts, and watched the sunsets (not simultaneously of course!)

A shot of the exhibition.

A shot of the exhibition.

Museum Sign

Welcome to the Metal Museum!

Some of the museum staff and apprentices took us out to an outdoor concert one night and drinks at the "Poor and Hungry" afterwards. A true Memphis experience!

Some of the museum staff and apprentices took us out to an outdoor concert one night and drinks at the “Poor and Hungry” afterwards. A true Memphis experience!

Journeyman bladesmith and resident artist Andrew Meers (left) brought out some of his MFA thesis work for Damon and me to admire.

Journeyman bladesmith and resident artist Andrew Meers (left) brought out some of his MFA thesis work for Damon and me to admire.