Frederic A. Crist

Waynesboro, Virginia, 22980

Forging metal has always been my choice of material as an artist. I was first introduced to as a student at Philadelphia College of Art(presently University of the Arts) in 1974. I was captivated by it’s potential as a sculptural medium. Upon graduation with a BFA in sculpture, I began working at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers in Philadelphia in 1977. This studio renowned for its excellence in hand forged metalworks dating back to 1906, was my training ground for the next eleven years. I began as an apprentice and worked my way up to Head Smith of the forging dept. While at the Yellin studios, I assisted and led on many major projects, as Gate and railing for the Washington Cathedral in DC, Display Case for the Book of Kells at the University of Pittsburgh, the estate of Frederick Koch in Butler PA and numerous private commissions around the United States. In 1987 I received a 1% for the Arts Commission from the City of Philadelphia.

After eleven years at the Yellin Studios, I moved to Virginia to set up a studio with my business partner David Munn. Over 18 years we completed numerous commissions for private and corporate entities. In 1999-2000 I received a Virginia Museum Fellowship in Sculpture . During that time I spent a week at Rose Industries an industrial forge shop in Cleveland ,Ohio, forging larger scale works.

In 2007 I set up  a new studio. Over 16 years I have completed 7 major residential commissions. Exhibitions have included a 2 person show at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA; a group exhibition at the American University Art Museum, Washington DC in; a group exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC in and a group exhibition at the Historical Society in Washington, DC ..In 2012 I went to Ukraine to an international blacksmithing conference to make a sculpture . Recent Publications include a portfolio in The Metal Design International 2014 and Beauty in the Shadows, ironwork in the Washington Cathedral by Nol Putnam & BABA magazine.


ABANA (Artist BlacksmithAssoc. of North America), McGuffey Art Center,Charlottesville,VA.