Artisan Metal Works brings home silver

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Artisan Metal Works is busy making
a name for itself – both at home and abroad.

Headed up by Hungarian metal fabricator
Karoly Szücs, he and his award-winning team have a strong work ethic and balance
the firm’s many practical commissions with working on those that allow for more
creativity.

The firm’s approach is reaping
dividends. This March Mr. Szücs and his staff have won another coveted award in a competition
sponsored by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association.

Artisan Metal Works, which has been
submitting entries into the US-based trade association’s international Top Jobs
competition since 2006, received official notification that it had earned its
sixth plaque for the fifth consecutive year.

The firm was part of a strong field
of competitors and won a silver plaque in the contest’s 2010 Art/Sculptures
category.

Its winning entry was the bronze
catboat sculpture Dream from the Sea, a local landmark in George Town’s Heroes
Square.

The catboat is an iconic figure in
Cayman’s maritime history and the half-sized replica was commissioned by
Government in 2007.

The project, which took five months
to research and construct, was officially unveiled at the second National
Heroes Day celebrations in January 2008.

Despite a full order book, the
George Town firm accepted the complex commission and donated their time.

“This is just the kind of creative
commission we enjoy,” said Mr. Szücs. “We chose to make it in bronze because it’s
extremely weather resistant and ages well, but it was challenging project
because the curvature of the catboat made it hard to bend the bronze tubing.

“That Artisan Metal Works won the
second highest award in an international field makes the commission even more
special,” he said.

The firm had originally entered two
sculptures into last year’s competition. “I couldn’t make up my mind so I
entered both our turtle sculpture at the Cayman National Bank roundabout and
the Cayman catboat,” he said.

“We were told that we could only
choose one and so we withdrew the catboat… and the turtle sculpture ended up
winning us gold.”

To date Artisan Metal Works has
racked up an impressive track record in the NOMMA-sponsored competitions: gold
– Art/Sculpture category (2006); bronze – Art/Sculpture and bronze – Gates
category (2007); gold – Gates (2008), gold – Art/Sculpture (2009) and silver –
Art/Sculpture (2010).

What makes these achievements even more
impressive is that the competition, based on the submission of no more than
three pictures of each entry, is judged “blind” by NOMMA members. The entries
are displayed at the organisation’s annual trade show and all of its 750-plus
member firms can vote without knowing which firms entered.

The organisation has members in 10
countries which makes the contest’s standards very high.

Todd Daniel, executive director of
the 50-year-old trade body, said: “Artisan is one of the few companies ever to
win six plaques in five years — that is an impressive feat.”

Mr. Szücs said his firm entered the
competition: “To measure ourselves against other companies internationally.
That gives us a good idea of where we stand in the metal fabrication world, not
to mention bragging rights for the year.”

“All these awards couldn’t have
happened without the support and backing of the Artisan Metal team and my business
partners. At the moment [the plaques] are boxed up. We are planning to display
them soon.”

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Gyorgy Szöcs, left and Steve Graham work on the bronze catboat sculpture Dream from the Sea which went on to win a silver medal in international competition.
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