Anna Loney - Loney Metal Works

Metalwares by a smith who cares

Loney Metal Works

308 Elmwood St Rear (Accessible from Dupont St)
Lanesboro MN

Handicap Assessible with help

507-467-2171
anna.janloney@gmail.com

Artist Statement

Many of my interests find their way out into the world in the work I make. On the most obvious level it may be a matter of how much I like the hammer marks on a bracelet, or the  satisfaction of a clasp which cleverly and securely holds something fast. Surfaces and functionality matter.

I think it’s fun to make shapes and forms with wire. Think of how many useful, factory made items you use in the space of a day: paperclips, safety pins, a clothes pin. And what if you  considered these again? What if they were elevated, beautifully hand-made, as objects you wished to wear?

Other pieces may reflect my love of how things grow, or the time-worn surface of found pieces of metal, glass, even plastic. I feel good about finding a shard of pottery in the garden or  metal from a scrap yard, discarded decades after its intentional reason for being was gone, and incorporating it in something in which you might find value, and beauty. I like making things look as if they grew, somehow independent of my hand. I don’t know how often I achieve this. I don’t want to make things which are overly self-conscious.

Whimsy, simplification, and imagery show up in the animal forms I make. Humans have made animal forms for as long as we’ve made anything. They are a fascination for us. How  could they not be? I’m just part of history’s chain in making these.

Symbols; a cross, heart, letter, treble clef, a star or moon – are inherently imbued with meaning. Can I make these in a way that lends interest, that is my vision?

I have many ideas. I get to indulge in seeing what turns up. Sometimes I plan, make drawings, design in advance. Other times I let my work wander. Nothing is fail-safe. Sometimes I go  through my “failures” pile and try to realize something better, something redeemed from my scrap heap. Mostly I only share my successes with the public.

It’s almost funny to realize that I’ve arrived at a way of working without doing so intentionally. It’s taken time.. I’m both content with it, and with its ongoing evolution. And it’s good to realize how my work relates to my life in terms of history, education and many concerns. Work remains challenging and exciting to me. Something new is always turning up.

Anna Loney

Metal objects for use, wear and appeal

Presenting at
Lanesboro Community Center
202 Parkway Ave S
Lanesboro MN

507-467-2171
anna.janloney@gmail.com
loneymetalworks.com

Anna Loney
202 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949, USA

Metal objects for use, wear and appeal

Presenting at
Lanesboro Community Center
202 Parkway Ave S
Lanesboro MN

507-467-2171
anna.janloney@gmail.com
loneymetalworks.com

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