Master Goldsmith Finds Master Solution to One Tool Challenge

Jun 30, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields asked us a unique question: What single tool would you use to help you get through a normal day? Chances are, for most of us, we couldn’t imagine being limited to just one item.

Wisconsin goldsmith Missy Howard says she has an emotional attachment to her tools.
Credit Gianofer Fields

But the question gets even trickier if you’re an artist –think of a painter having to choose their palette and their brush. How do you create a work of art with only one tool? Still - artists throughout Wisconsin responded in droves last spring to the one-tool challenge, put forth by Milwaukee’s Chipstone Foundation. But as Gianofer Fields found out – at least Stoughton-based master goldsmith Missy Howard found a clever work-around.

Fields produces and curates the series, "It's A Material World." That project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts. Fields is a material culture student at UW-Madison.