Rachel David



Selected SOLO and GROUP Exhibitions

2019     Metal Museum, 40 under 40, Cycle Shelf, Memphis TN

2019     Nazareth College Gallery, Articulating Craft, Cycle Dripping, Rochester NY

2018 Wayne Art Center, Craft Forms, Covetous, Wayne PA

2018 Yokna Sculpture Trail, Weft,  Oxford MS

2017 Carrarra Stone Front Space, Leavings: A Rachel David and Shawn Hall Collaboration, New Orleans LA

2016 SOLO: Sanctuary Gallery, Survey, New Orleans, LA

Dimension Gallery, Paved Garden, Spinning wheels, Austin TX

2015     SOLO: Barristers Gallery, Holding Pattern, New Orleans, LA

Poydras Corridor Exhibition, Weft, sponsored by the Helis Foundation, New Orleans LA

2014 New Orleans Museum of Art, Imago Mundi, Prospect 3, New Orleans LA

Wiregrass Museum of Art, B14 Sculpture Biennial, Dothan, AL

Hammond Regional Arts Center, Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial, Hammond, LA

2013 SOLO: The Vault at Acadian Center for the Arts, Sitting Prone, Lafayette, LA

SOLO: Barristers’ Gallery, Sitting Prone, New Orleans, LA

The Big Top 3 Ring, Lumen Tetrachotomy, New Orleans, LA

2010 SOLO: Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium, Mouth Environment, New Orleans, LA

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Iron: Forged, Tempered and Quenched, Houston, TX


Scholarships and Awards

2018 Microsoft angel investor match to fund SIBS, the society of inclusive blacksmiths. Mount hood, OR

2017 Artist Blacksmith Association of North America doubled their normal grant to support Nü Iron Age

2013 The Balvenie Rare and American Craft fellowship finalist

2012 Community Arts Awards Collection, New Orleans Arts Council, New Orleans, LA


Selected Publications

2019 MetalSmith Magazine Meta-Formation; 21st Century Blacksmithing, Community and Activism          Publishing dates tbd

Rachel David, Meta: Formation Catalogue, self published pg 10-24

2017 Rachel David, Nü Iron Age Catalogue, self published, pg.72-73.

2016 Vincent Nackovics, Horses need not apply: the Blacksmiths, Create Space Independent Publishing, pg. 50-60

2015 American Craft Council,

2014 Blacksmither radio podcast, October, episode #9

Ironwork Today 4: Inside and Out, Schiffer Publishing, pg. 48-50, pg. 255

Reparations: Contemporary Art from New Orleans, Fabrica Publishing, Italy, pg. 120-121

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

2013 FF (Formed and Fabricated) Journal, featured artist, January 2013

2011 Harpers Magazine, The Balvenie Rare Craft Road show insert, April- June photos featured

2010 IRON: Forged, Tempered, Quenched, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2010 pg. 21

Selected Corporate Collections

Benetton Corporation, City of New Orleans, The Paramount Corporation, Blue Green Corporation, HRI Lodging INC.


Private collections

throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania, New York City, Maryland, Georgia and Maine.


Selected Lectures, Panels and Teaching

2018 SIU-SIMS conference, visiting artist, Carbondale, IL

Northwest Blacksmith Association, demonstrator, WA

2017   Seattle Metals Guild Symposium, lecturer, Seattle, WA

   Pratt Fine Arts, master class and sculpture build teacher, Seattle WA

Rocky Mountain Blacksmith Conference, demonstrator, Denver, CO

   International Sculpture Day panelist, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans LA

NOCCA (New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts), Visiting Artist workshop, New Orleans, LA

2016   The Crucible, teacher, Oakland CA

Adams Forge, teacher, Los Angeles CA

Community First Forge, teacher, Austin TX

2014   National ABANA (Artist Blacksmith of North America) conference, demonstrator, DE.

2012 Arts Council of New Orleans, panelist, Public Art in Private Places, New Orleans, LA



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

2011-present designer and builder Red Metal custom architectural iron work, furniture and sculpture. New Orleans LA and beyond

2006-2012 building manager, builder, renovator and mastermind behind artspace, show space, DIY group studio building called DUCBO New Orleans LA

2006-2007 Jeweler at Tomas Mann Studio New Orleans LA

2005 Fabricator for Wet Dog Glass, New Orleans LA