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All of my work is created using found sheet-metals. Most of the material comes from local dumps, auto body shops and the wrecking yards. Working with found materials is very important to me, and because of this all of the colors are original. Each piece is assembled using combinations of wire, rivets, folding and welding. After all of the elements are joined together, each piece is finished with clear enamel which seals the piece and halts the weathering process. Each piece is original and one of a kind.
When I first visited Turkey, I walked into a coppersmith’s shop. I found three chiseled pitchers nearing completion that were carved with a level of intricacy that absolutely mesmerized me. I thought to myself in that moment, “I hope, someday, to be able to make any single object as amazing as what I see before me.” That sight lit a fire in me that has stuck with me since- with any task in life, my biggest gift to the world is to do my absolute best. Since then, I had the incredible opportunity to return to that same shop in Turkey and apprentice as a coppersmith. I found meditation with every time I picked up my hammer and determined to do my absolute best work. As I learned to use my diamond tipped chisels to carve thousands of lines into copper, my best work became better and better. Now, I have a new opportunity to share my passion and the product of my best work to thousands of people at a time, and hopefully open new eyes to that excitement of inspiration and wonder.
Fragments of thoughts, memories, and interpretations of physical objects converge to influence and realize my work. Experiences of traveling, transitions observed in the landscape, images suggested in poetry, and the decay and rejuvenation of nature provide inspiration. I am intrigued by interior and exterior spaces. The resulting parallels or dichotomies of their dual existence, is a consideration in both the form and content of the objects I create.
My current work consists of non-functional tabletop objects that evoke memories of a time in our history that is rapidly fading. The images, for me, are, at the same time, both joyful and sad--they speak of both longing and decay. The structures are fabricated from sterling silver, kiln-fired glass enamel on copper, 23k gold leaf and inner skeletons of nickel silver. All work is fabricated by me, by hand, in my one-person studio using only hand tools and the most basic power tools. There is no casting or production technology used.
Fortunately, my art has changed over 38 years, but the singular constant is my love of working pewter. I’ve left traditional shapes behind and always allowed the inherent warmth and tactile qualities of this alloy guide my designs. I’ve explored every method of forming: spinning, casting, hammering fabricating. I solder and weld. I’ve deconstructed, etched and colored it. I incorporated other materials. My expressions are whimsical and animated, often drawing inspiration from nature.
A meal is like a play, from preparation (rehearsal) through the courses (acts) to the clean-up (breaking down the set). Imagine the scenes of good conversations with friends around a dinner table. These pieces are meant to accompany the food just as incidental music is composed to enhance the action of the play. These pieces are fabricated in sterling silver.
Phil Feinburg & Linda Corbet
The culinary knives are made from specifically formulated Stainless Steel from New York. Blades are cut out of sheets and then put through a five step heat treating process. One step includes liquid nitrogen, which helps make the steel harder and less brittle. Each blade is hand ground before adding beautiful handles. The ergonomic design fits the hand comfortably and is used by respected chef's. All knives and counter top stands can be personalized and are meant to last a lifetime, and become family heirlooms. Each knife is functional art for any kitchen. While traveling to art shows throughout the USA, hardwoods for handles and stands are collected from artist working as bowl turners, furniture makers, etc. Leftover scraps become exotic knife handles. Beautiful woods that were salvaged from the scrap heap of someone's studio have become exotic knife handles. By building the equipment to stabilize and dye woods that otherwise would be too soft; much can be re-purpose.
Serendipity, curiosity, and constructive pyromania form the foundation of my work. I love playing with fire, suspending the rules of what cannot be done with metal and integrating the elegance of form and function within the barely controlled chaos of my life. I use fire to create rich textures with sterling, 24k, 22k and 18k gold. 95% of all metal is recycled, refined and re-purposed into new patterns and textures. I hand make each piece by pleating, fusing, forming and raising the metal.