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Appalachian Center for Craft

Daniel Randall, Professor of Art / Head of Metals Program

Phone: (931)372-6880

Welcome new metals department head, Daniel Randall! Before coming to the Craft Center, Randall was guest professor at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, as well as teaching at Seoul National University of Science and Technology and Hongik University. He received his MFA in metalsmithing from the University of Illinois Carbondale and his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in metalsmithing and jewelry design.

Daniel's Artist Statement

For as long as I can remember, nature has been my main source of creative inspiration. I have always found in natural objects a sensibility of form and effortless beauty. The stems of plants, petals of flowers, shapes of bone and stone, these things share common qualities in their structure and form. It is in this that I have found beauty, in the graceful aesthetic of nature.

The close observation of natural objects and materials has been essential in the formation of my personal aesthetic. This aesthetic is based in the curvilinear forms and graceful, delicate line quality found on all scales of our natural environment. I have found that my attraction to these qualities is quite absolute.

My work is based on my personal observation of natural materials and the extrapolation of a refined sense of simplistic beauty. Untimately my intent is to convey this simplistic beauty through my work. These forms are not derived from any specific object, but rather a compilation of form and line seen throughout nature.

Teaching Philosophy
I have always believed it is important that the technical aspects of our field be balanced by the intellect. Development of technical skills is extremely important in metal working. Without the technical background the students artistic vision cannot be realized. It is my intention to enable the students the opportunity to develop both their skills and their artistic sensibilities with the intent that they are one day able to earn a living from their talent and love of what they are able to create.

When I was in graduate school we had a visit from one of the silver manufacturing firms and they asked us what we were doing for the industry. Our reaction was more of what is the industry doing for us. I can now see this question from both sides.

Students leaving the Craft Center will have the technical ability that they could become part of the industry as bench workers and technicians. They should also be able to work in the design aspects of the industry creating the look of the future.

Our students have also become teachers and found unexpected paths of artistic expression such as working in the film industry. Many of our students have jumped directly into the production of their own work and been very successful. It is my hope and intent that our students will become the leaders in the field and hiring the next generation as their employees.