Clark Martinek

I’ve always been drawn to art’s creative process and working with metal encourages this and gives me the power to harness some of the oldest art techniques known to man. If not for the inspiring talents of metal workers and blacksmiths, which date back thousands of years, we wouldn’t have the evolution of iron we now see in the 21st century. I believe it is why we are who we are today.

Being able to create my own tools as well as create formative art is very appealing to me. It gives me the ability to create freely, proving traditional and historical blacksmith techniques can be used in today’s modern society. Having access to modern-day tools while holding true to the time-honored quality and craftsmanship of blacksmiths before me makes my sculptural work unique and interpretive.

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Mitchell, South Dakota


Platinum Sponsors

Adams County Community Foundation
Arts United
City of Decatur
Fleetword RV
Indiana Arts Commission
Porter Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Adams Public Library System (In Kind
Berne Ready Mix
Complete Printing Service
Fifth Third Bank
Roadway Inn/Quality inn