I have a serious fascination with weaponry and jewelry, as an artform and as part of history and adventure. Some of the journey is to discover the the technology and tools of the day, when the Greeks were learning to cast bronze, or the steel workers of India made their Damascus swords, layer upon layer into beautiful patterns. How did the Romans solder their infinitesimally small beads and chains of pure gold without melting the entire piece? What kind of fire did they use, and how did they control it? As I walk through a museum, I am in awe of the millions of man hours we, as a species, have put into the art of the object. I feel it is my duty to try my utmost to make the most beautiful and functional works, to honor those who have gone before us, and to challenge those who are yet to come.

A childhood passion of reading books carries on into my adult life, enriching my imagination, deepening my appreciation for the world we live in, past and present. Stories like Robin Hood and Treasure Island filled the head of this armchair adventurer with images that have a certain romance. Horatio Hornblower I could not get enough of. Lately I have been reading the series by Patrick O’Brian of the British Navy in the Napoleonic era, for the third time.

When I was ten, I spent countless hours poring over the Worldbook Encyclopedia, looking at page after page, volume after volume, looking at the images. Sextant, compass, pistule, gyroscope, trebuchet, broadsword, flintlock, foundry, girdle, windlass, arachnid, bridge, are images that I added to my subconscious library.

I am very object and image oriented. In recent years, trips to the Metropolitan Museum, in NYC, have added to my imagination. After a couple of hours of touring the collections, I am tattered and ragged, like a moth who has spent a night at the porchlight. I can almost feel the vibrations of countless lives echoing softly within those hallowed galleries.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this ramble and that it helps you to understand where I come from.

Warmest regards,

Tom

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5 Responses to “Why does Tom Curran do what he does?”

  1. tam Says:

    tom,
    you are so talented!
    your pieces are amazing..i love them. i can’t wait to see them..my birthday is right around the corner…and
    i told my husband..i do not want jewelry for my birthday this year! well..now i do!
    i had no idea you made such wonderous pieces, what a lovely surprise.
    tam


  2. For I, who has spent years trying to streamline the anal retentive approach to crafts and the crafty, to see my wildest fears become a reality in the amazing work of one Tommy Curran is cause for true existential crisis.

  3. Roger Keagle Says:

    Tom…as a fellow traveler in the world of jewlery and weaponary, I wish to say how very classy this site is. A really great feel to it, well done mate…

    W. Roger Keagle AKG AA BA MS And a huge heap of BS

  4. anton Says:

    Tom, it is not my habit to leave idle remarks. Simply put, your work is poetry. The Jager is magnificent and at par with the finest of old world craft.


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