Almost twenty years ago, James Thurman began experimenting with the combination of paper and resin, which would ultimately become the material he somewhat humorously named “Thurmanite®.” (In May 2012, the trademark of the material was finally approved!) Coming from a background in Sculpture, he had always been interested in utilizing a wide range of processes and materials. Even while working on his MFA in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art, his final body of work was a series of vessels that incorporated woodturned components and spun metal. While sharing a studio with a colleague at Penn State University, he collaborated on a series of trophies for an environmental design symposium. Although these pieces were all assembled with hardware, there was a lot of subsequent brainstorming that ultimately led to the invention of Thurmanite®.
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