Silver and Copper Sample by Fred Zweig

In my humble opinion, Fred Zweig is one of the most talented metalsmiths on the planet.  And he’s just an amazing teacher.  You’ve heard of an “actor’s actor”?  Well, Fred is a “metalsmith’s metalsmith.”  When he comes to San Diego to teach, the best practitioners in town come to learn.  With good reason.  You can see much more of his work and musings, and learn about his upcoming schedule at  http://fredz49.blogspot.com/.  Tucson, AZ is lucky to have him most of the time (when he’s not traveling).

Fred created this silver and copper mixed-metal piece as a technique sample.  The copper bar is notched and can slide at will, even diagonally, as shown.  The nails on the front are inlaid.  Skill and artistry combine in all Fred’s work.

These photographs were shot in my Escondido studio while Fred was here in town teaching.   I used a Nikon D300 camera with a 60mm Nikkor prime macro lens. Lighting included 500w and 250W softboxes plus reflectors. I created the gradient in PhotoShop.

Mixed Metal Silver & Copper Sample by Fred Zweig. Photography by Steve Rossman.Mixed Metal Silver & Copper Sample by Fred Zweig. Photography by Steve Rossman.

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2 Responses to Silver and Copper Sample by Fred Zweig

  1. Mary Ker says:

    I’ve taken many classes from Fred, being lucky enough to live in Tucson, and I totally agree. He is not only an amazing metalsmith, he is a fabulous teacher. And a damn nice human being, too!

  2. Judith E. Moore says:

    Steve, Fred is indeed, a metalsmith’s metalsmith! I had the pleasure of being one of his students right after he taught in Jonna’s studio at your home. Your photos truly capture the magnificence of his work! And you are a photographer’s photographer! Judith

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