100 Creatives

53: Tedd McDonah

53: Tedd McDonah

Tedd McDonah's into metal.

Heating, hammering, welding -- these are words in his daily vocabulary as an ASU metals instructor and local metal artisan. Tedd was hesitant to take his first metals class, which a friend recommended, because he knew it meant jewelry. But in it, he fashioned a piece of an earring that looked like a fishing lure and he was hooked (that was too easy).

The Wisconsin native grew up fishing the lakes during the summer, so his inspiration came naturally. You can check out McDonah's latest line of copper and pre-printed steel lures -- Recyclures -- on etsy.

Read more about his current projects and his dislike of cilantro after the jump ...

1. List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
- A taxidermy Jackalope.
- Lots of music.
- Books on the subject of Metalsmithing.
- Books on the subject of fishing.
- Sketch books and loose papers with sketches, doodles, and schematics.

2. What was your last big project?
Don't really have any I'd call big in physical terms. I spent seven days in Texas last fall working with students and faculty building a gas forge and diffusing billets of mokume gane (wood-grain metal or wood-eye metal).

3. What's your next big project?
Producing work for a solo show coinciding with the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Conference, and serving as a co-chair on the planning committee of the annual conference that will be held in the 'valley' in May 2012.

4. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?

I don't like cilantro.

5. If you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about

I will keep it that way.

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98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

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60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons