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Member Spotlight #1: Pamela Webb
Headshot of Pamela Webb by Hali Webb-Shafer
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Pamela Webb. I own Phryne Metal Jewelry and Webb-Shafer Fabrication LLC. I’m a jeweler, fabricator, sculptor, and educator. I attended Metro State here in Denver with a little jaunt across the pond for a year at the University of London. Instead of a master’s degree, I opted to work my way into a lot of desired skills and learned blacksmithing, welding, machining and fabrication while working for several custom architectural shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also taught metalsmithing for the first time, at Studio One in Oakland. I took workshops and classes over the years with the California Blacksmith’s Association, ABANA (Artists and Blacksmith’s Association of North America), Denver School of Metal Arts, and Clear Creek Academy. I went back to Metro for my teaching certificate and have been teaching high school Jewelry/Metalsmithing and Sculpture for 15 years.
What brought you to metalsmithing and how long have you been doing it?
I was lucky to be introduced to metalsmithing early, in high school. Norman Finfrock, still making work himself was my teacher/ mentor. We had torches and forming tools for fabrication as well as centrifuge casting. He and our painting and drawing teacher, Elenore Huntley were big influences on me, and probably why I am teaching high school jewelry now, in the same district. That makes about 34 years!
Where can we see your work?
Currently, I am showing at Balefire Goods in Olde Town Arvada and on my website. I was showing almost exclusively at Mai Wyn Fine Art in Denver until they were forced to close by the Coronavirus pandemic. My Etsy store is currently a source of fundraising for social justice and food insecurity causes in my local area. I feel strongly that my role as an artist now is to use my skills to funnel much needed funds to ACLU-Colorado and the Jeffco Action Center food bank, who are helping people struggling with homelessness in my neighborhood.
Steel Cuff Bracelets, by Pamela Webb,forged steel, some with yellow or rose gold rivets, 2020, photo by Pamela Webb