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Craft In America: Forge

“Forge” profiles exceptional artists who are working in what may be the only tangible example of “alchemy” we have — the forging of metal magically transformed by fire. Follow young Chloe Darke as she begins her career as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters; Iraqi war veterans Tom Pullin and Jeremiah Holland as they turn to art as an antidote to the harsh realities of war; and Albert Paley, master metal sculptor, who uses knowledge from his 50-year career to build monumental artworks for New York City’s Park Avenue.

Albert Paley lights a torch.

Albert Paley lights a torch.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Albert Paley with "Counter Balance" (2013), one of 13 sculptures mounted on Park Avenue in New York City.

Albert Paley with "Counter Balance" (2013), one of 13 sculptures mounted on Park Avenue in New York City.

Credit: Courtesy of Paley Studios; John Myers photograph

Albert Paley, "Encore," 2013, one of 13 sculptures mounted on Park Avenue in New York City.

Albert Paley, "Encore," 2013, one of 13 sculptures mounted on Park Avenue in New York City.

Credit: Courtesy of Paley Studios; John Myers photograph

Tom Pullin (right) forges with instructor Davidé Prete and fellow veteran Jeremiah Holland (left) at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Tom Pullin (right) forges with instructor Davidé Prete and fellow veteran Jeremiah Holland (left) at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Tom Pullin with his sculptures at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Tom Pullin with his sculptures at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Tom Pullin, "Rule the Truth"; made of cold steel, inkjet prints, rivets.

Tom Pullin, "Rule the Truth"; made of cold steel, inkjet prints, rivets.

Credit: Courtesy of Tom Pullin

Chloe Darke works at Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Chloe Darke works at Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

Chloe Darke, "Wendla" 2010. Made of Sterling silver, raised.

Chloe Darke, "Wendla" 2010. Made of Sterling silver, raised.

Credit: Courtesy of Abby Johnson

Silverware made by Chloe Darke at Old Newbury Crafters.

Silverware made by Chloe Darke at Old Newbury Crafters.

Credit: Courtesy of Madison Metro