“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi
What I Really Love...
I have been gifted with having two vocations. I am an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada and a metalsmith in my basement studio.
Both of these vocations require me to nurture a relationship with the Divine. I experience both as a way of encouraging others to connect with Spirit.
My creative work is a visible and tangible expression my inner life of soul.
My Creative Process...
Working intuitively, I rarely plan a design in advance. I sit down at my bench in my studio and simply allow the creations to unfold in their own way and in their own time.
I am often surprised by the end result which is always more imaginative than I could have planned ahead of time. Allowing the imagination to unfold, I work with what is happening with the materials and where they are leading instead of manipulating them or forcing them to be a certain thing.
(I find this approach has lessons for our everyday lives as well.)
What Inspires Me...
I bring the playfulness of my inner child to my work. She loves the shine of metal, the sparkle of beautiful stones, the dance of flame and the magic that makes every creation come together.
I grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Ontario, Canada. The wisdom of the seasons is a significant inspiration for in my work. Paying attention to the rhythm and lessons in nature I notice that my inner life of soul often mirrors what transpires in the natural world. We are all a part of the interconnected web of life.
I love that I am connected to all those who receive my work and am grateful when others find it meaningful in their lives.
"Some things are best done in the dark, including the transformation of raw material into tools and pieces of art. There is a smith in our soul who works the failures and successes of everyday life into eternal shapes that make us who we are. It's not extraordinary, this dark place of heat and hammering, but rather an unspectacular scene of hard work. You might think of your dark night as such a place and realize the importance of keeping it stocked and fired and dim. Your job is to provide the setting and let the divine smith do his work." - From Dark Nights of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Thanks for stopping by and hope you find something that delights your soul!
If you would like to be in touch then please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also on Instagram - @robinmcgauleymetalsmithing