Wayne Werner is a third-generation metalsmith from Baltimore. He has made his living as a maker for over 30 years. He has traveled around the world to learn with metal workers from Italy and Egypt to Java and Bali. Specializing in cold forging precious metals, Werner has incorporated the traditional techniques of gold and platinum smithing with his artistic vision of paying homage to the fertility cults of the ancient world. Werner’s work explores the relationship between metals liquid opus and the opus of mankind, both being a product of the earth cooling down. He has received many awards for his work including the World Gold Council’s Gold Distinction award and the MJSA Vision award for Mokume Gane. Werner is a former instructor at the Fuji Studio in Florence, Italy, and was adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Md for 17 years. He is the founder and host of THE ALCHEMIST PICNIC, a Metalsmithing retreat at Touchstone Center for craft, now in its 5th year.