Rachel David

Red Metal Artist/Owner

cell: 504-452-8288


2009 Nunez Community College: Chalmette, LA, G1 and G3 arc welding certifications.

2008 John C. Cambell Craft School:, Brasstown, NC.
2005, 2007, 2009 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
2004 The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.: Bachelor of Arts.

2001-2003 Oberlin College Oberlin OH

Professional Experience

2008- present Proprietor of RED METAL, New Orleans, LA: Operator, designer, blacksmith, fabricator and installer.

2007-2010 Preparator and artist assistant at the CAC, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and various galleries in New Orleans, LA.

2006-2007 Bench Jeweler at Thomas Mann Jeweler, New Orleans LA

2005 Fabricator for Wet Dog Glass, New Orleans LA

Selected Teaching Experience

2014 Demonstrator at National ABANA (Artist Blacksmith of North America) conference August. Delaware.

2014 Demonstrator Louisiana metalsmith meeting

2012 Panel Participant, New Orleans, LA.: Discussion on Public Art in Private Places, Sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

2011 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA: Presented “Metal Fundamentals” workshop.
2009 Louisiana Artworks, New Orleans, LA : Presented “Forged Fundamentals” workshop.
2006, 2009 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC: Teaching assistant to Jeffrey Funk.
2008 The Smartshop, Kalamazoo, MI.: Visiting artist and Teacher.
2006 Tennessee Tech; Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville,TN: Visiting artist lecturer and teacher.

2006 The Steelyard, Providence, RI: Visiting artist and lecturer and teacher.

Selected Publications

2015 Gambit weekly and “Review:Holding Pattern” 12.28.15

2015 Times Picayune “21st Century New Orleans Blacksmith” Lagniappe section 9.10.15 and

2015 American Craft Council

2014 October Blacksmither radio podcast. episode #9

2014 Ironwork Today 4: Inside and Out, Schiffer Publishing ltd. 2014 pages 48-50, 255.ISBN is 978-0-7643-4673-6

2014 Reparations:Contemporary Art from New Orleans Fabrica publishing, Italy, 2014. Pages 120-121. ISBN 9788898764310

2014 The Anvil’s Ring v42 number 1 Winter 2014 page 22.

2013 Nola Defender “Bold Metal” Cheryl Castjohn review of “Sitting Prone” Barristers Gallery August 15.

2013 Gambit Weekly and “Inside Art NOLA” D. Eric Bookhardts review of Sitting Prone August 15

2013 Doug McCash Review of “Sitting Prone” August 9

2013 Pelican Bomb “ArtFly” January 11,

2013 FF Journal (formed and fabricated journal, a trade magazine) featured artist, January.

2012 CANO monthly newsletter, Featured artist, December.
2012 Gambit Weekly, and “Inside Art Nola,” November 18.
2011 Times Picayune, Living Section, May 7.

2011 Harpers Magazine, The Balvenie Rare Craft Road show insert, April- June.
2010 IRON: Forged, Tempered, Quenched, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, January, 2010.

2009 Cue Monthly, Gambit weekly insert, November, 2009 issue.
2009 (T)here Magazine, Spring, 2009.
2008 Kalamazoo Gazette, July 21, 2008 (page 1).
2007 The New Orleans Art Review, Fall/Winter 2007/08, Gallery Walk.
2006 The Anvil’s Ring, Summer, 2006 ABANA Magazine .

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Represented by Somes Gallery/ Pritnam and Eames North Gallery Somesville ME

2015 August “Weft” installed in the “Poydras Corridor Exhibition” sponsored by Helis foundation New Orleans LA.

2014 October, “Imago Mundi” Prospect 3 at the New Orleans Museum of Art Sponsored by the Benetton Corporation. New Orleans LA.

2014 July, B14 Sculpture Biennial Wiregrass Museum of Art. Dothan AL

2014 January, Marjorie Morrison sculpture Biennial Hammond Regional Arts Center Hammond LA.

2013 November “Sitting Prone” Solo Show,The Vault at the Acadian center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA.
2013 August “Sitting Prone” Solo show, Barristers’ Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
2013 January “Lumen Tetrachotomy,” The Big Top 3 Ring, New Orleans, LA.
2010 September “Mouth Environment, Solo show, Coup d’Oiel Art Consortium, New Orleans, LA.
2010 January-May “Iron: Forged, Tempered and Quenched” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX. (commissioned Mouth Environment)

2009 October “Art Works”, Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium; New Orleans, LA.
2007 August “Eat the Bomb”, 2 person show D.O.C.S Gallery New Orleans, LA.
2006 “Surge: Nola on High Ground”, The Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, NY.

2006 The Bridge Show, The Bridge Space, Atlanta, GA.

Scholarships and Awards

2013 The Balvenie Rare Craft Road Show fellowship finalist.
2006 and 2009 Full assistantship scholarship at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Summer sessions.

Selected Collections

2015 “Encounter” purchased by Joshua Rechnitz, New York NY

2014 “Claque” purchased for The Paramount Apartments collection. 611 O’Keefe St New Orleans LA, 70113.

2014-2015 Iberville cultural corners. “Fire, Earth, Wind and Water.” Fencing installed for the Bienville Basin development at the corner of Marais and Bienville streets. New Orleans LA.

2014 “Dreamers Marketing desk” La Pension Club and Resort, 115 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA.

2014 “Mouth Environment” direct purchase by the City of New Orleans for the 2nd district police head quarters, 4317 Magazine st New Orleans LA 70115

2013 “Time Torpedo” Hibernia Apartments Lobby Sculpture. 840 Gravier St New Orleans LA.

2012 “Community Arts Awards Trophy Series” in the collection of the New Orleans Arts Council, Community Arts Awards collection.

2012 “Clouds and Wave Gates” and “Threaded Wave Gates” at the Bywater Art Lofts II, 3725 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA.

2012 “Dreamers” lobby canopy and Forest Guard railing and light guard La Pension Club and Resort, 115 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA.

2011 Floral Progression railing in the collection of Joe Thompson, New Orleans, LA.
2010 Owl and Systematic Portrayal of Love in the collection of Alan and Angie Jeanfreau, Metairie, LA.
2010 Tethered sculpture and Monster Can in the collection of James and Lynne Pierce in New Orleans, LA and Towson, MD.
2008 Forever Tree in the collection of Debra Wertheimer, Baltimore, MD.
2007 Fungal Colony in the collection of Richard Nesbitt, New Orleans, LA.
2006 Surge and Support Bowl in the collection of Joan and Gunther Wertheimer, Baltimore, MD.

2005 Turning Heads in the collection of Kent Leslie, Decatur, GA



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