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Joseph Schmidlin, Artist


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joseph Schmidlin learned the Art of Silversmithing while at the Abbey of Gethsemani where he was a Trappist Monk for twenty-five years. It was this setting in rural Kentucky which provided the quiet and solitude necessary to perfect this age old craft. While still a Monk, Joseph was able to spend some time studying under Richard Thomas, professor at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He credits Thomas with providing him with the technical knowledge necessary for his craft. Joseph has been a practicing Smith for over seventeen years. His work includes liturgical pieces, hand-raised bowls and sculptures, and contemporary jewelry. Among his commissions are two silver chalices exhibited in the Museum of Art in Owensboro, Kentucky, and several pieces for St. Francis Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Program 109

Susan Coleman, Director, Saint James Court Art Show; Joseph Schmidlin, Artist, Schmidlin Silversmithing; Christian Kaufman, Kelly Kaufman, & Casey Kaufman, Musicians, The Kaufman Trio (#109)





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