SIGMT Fall 2023 Fall Issue 3

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DECADENT DESIGN 14 | SIGNATURE MONTANA Functional Art from the Heart of the West When Glenn Gilmore was inducted into Montana's Circle of American Masters in Great Falls, Montana, in May of this year, he could only reflect with gratitude on his life's journey, one in which he's been able to carve out a living pursuing the work he loved. It was artistic passion that prompted him to start creating artistic forged metalwork in 1974 and pursue formal studies, first at the Wolverine Farriers School in Michigan and then in Germany. It was that passion that led him to work at the forge Vulkanschmiede in Aachen and to create metalwork in European museums before seling in Montana. Today the Gilmore Metalsmithing Studio and Forging Atelier in Hamilton fulfills commissions from coast to coast for site-specific architectural metalwork. Glenn designs fireplace doors and screens in bronze, monel, copper, and steel from his own original designs. He makes unique door hardware, furniture, chandeliers, gates, and artistic railings, with influences ranging from his Montana surroundings to his travels. By Chase Reynolds Ewald WESTERN HANDS: WESTERN HANDS: By

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