October, 2011 – Forging Ahead


Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery

Feature Wellington Artist Norman Gitzen

Forging Ahead- The Art of the Blacksmith

Friday, October 7    6PM-9PM


Wellington artist Norman Gitzen brings his forge to the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery on Friday, October 7 from 6-9 PM.  He will be demonstrating Blacksmith techniques in front of the gallery.  Clay Glass Metal Stone gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in Downtown Lake Worth.

Best known for his “Siren”, the provocative mermaid that was banned in Wellington, Gitzen has taken his black-smithing skills to high art form creating large scale ornate gates, intricately crafted elements of his sculptural creations and his newly designed jewelry.  He will be setting up his forge in front of the gallery branding wood circles with hearts, peace signs and whale’s tails.


An ardent conservationist, a portion of  of Gitzen’s sales that evening will be donated to the Marshall Wildlife Foundation.  He created the “Vanishing” series of sculptures to highlight the loss of some of our rarer species from the planet.  His forged metal segments  form turtles, dolphins and whales with growing gaps in their façade, metaphorically indicating their disappearance from the planet.


Clay§Glass§Metal§Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists.  The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth.    Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9 PM.  For information call 215-205-9441 or visit website Clayglassmetalstone.com.