When FROOTS Gallery first sent me fragments of old Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, I thought my solution would be to compare them to something. What would that be? It was obvious that the comparison should be to the type of Western ceramics that is completely dependent on its Chinese forebear: Delft blue-and-white ceramics. I did drawings of the Dutch work on painted wood, set the Chinese fragment on top of the drawing as if it were a stone, and there it was: a conversation of histories.
Bruce Metcalf earned a B.F.A. degree in 1972 at Syracuse University and an M.F.A. at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in 1977. Metcalf taught at Kent State University in Ohio from 1981 to 1991. He has been a contributing editor of Metalsmith magazine for nearly two decades and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His jewelry has been included in hundreds of national and international exhibitions in the past 40 years. Metcalf has also written extensively about issues in contemporary craft and is co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft with critic Janet Koplos.