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Jon Michael Route

Jon Michael Route Studio

"I have been in love with metal, metal tools, the processes of metalsmithing, and nearly anything and everything to do with this corner of the periodic table for over 35 years. The smell of a coal forge, the slight give under the hammer of annealed copper, the visually seductive rippled surface of planished silver--I admit it, I'm a romantic."

For Jon Michael Route, art is not just about having technical knowledge of the material (for example, understanding the malleability or tensile strength of an alloy); it is also about the physical relationship and personal affinity the artist develops with the material.

Jon Michael Route enjoys the directness of the hot patina process. The metal has to be within a specific temperature window for the patina to take effect. With a large, flaming torch in one hand and a sponge or a brush in the other, Route has to pay close attention to subtle temperature changes. He uses several different metals to take advantage of their physical characteristics and complementary colors.

With an M.F.A. in metalsmithing, work experience as a bench jeweler and metal tradesman, two stints as an adjunct professor, and nearly 30 years as an independent metal studio artist, it is obvious that Jon Micheal Route is passionate about art and metal. He regularly exhibits at some of the most prestigious art and craft shows around the US and is a four-time past juror for the American Craft Council.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Healing Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin, Hudson Hospital, 2012
For the Love of Metal, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2009
Hetherington Prize, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2007
Time For A Nice Cuppa Wisconsin Teapots, West Bend, Wisconsin, West Bend Art Museum, 2006
Sculptural Objects Fine Art Show, New York and Chicago, SOFA, 2002
Goldstein Gallery, Permanent Collection, Department of Design and Apparel, U of M, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2003
Wall Artwork, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota , 2011
Wall Artwork, Glenbrook/Evanston Hospitals, Northbrook, Illinois, 2010
Wall Artwork, Ritz-Carlton Development, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 2009
Wall Artwork, N E Georgia Hospital Library, Gainesville, Georgia, 2010