Bruce Metcalf

Bruce Metcalf

Bruce Metcalf, Portrait

Jeweler, writer, James Renwick Alliance 2013 “Master of the Medium,” and a 2014 American Craft Council Fellow, Bruce Metcalf was born in 1949 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Attending Syracuse University, Metcalf graduated with his BFA in 1972 and received his MFA from in 1977 from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Stumbling upon jewelry in college, Metcalf has said that it was “a stupid decision, but the right one.” Metcalf’s work ranges in medium from wood to copper to brass to gold. Using various organic and figural forms, his jewelry is chunky and eclectic while his figural pieces tend toward the humorous - often at the expense of the subject. Metcalf is also a writer and craft art critic, taking on this role due to an interest in craft and craft history, but also due to a pervading opinion about the lack of writing and criticism in the field of craft. Represented by Loupe Gallery in Montclair, New Jersey, Metcalf’s work is included in numerous collections, notably the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the private collections of Helen Drutt, Susan Cummins, and Donna Schneier. Metcalf lives and works in Philadelphia.