Artist Profile: Robert Dancik

Robert Dancik has been an artist/instructor for over 30 years. His work has appeared in many publications and in galleries and museums all over the world. He’s also an active instructor, teaching at retreats all over the country and the world. Robert is the author of Amulets and Talismans: Techniques for Making Meaningful Jewelry and the originator of Faux Bone.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Faux Bone books, concrete jewelry, polymer clay jewelry/sculpture, Faux Bone jewelry

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it tool and materials?
A: My current favorite tool is my new saw frame from Lee Marshall (the sexy red one from Rio Grande). My favorite material is concrete—both Whimsycrete from Whole Lotta Whimsy and anchoring cement from Ace hardware.

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: My most inspiring trip was to Egypt. I spent two weeks in the Cairo/Giza area and then a week going up the Nile (Valley of the Kings and all the other sites) and then visited Abu Simbal.

Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: Sautéed shrimp with tomato and red onion over basmati rice.

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: Red oxide (sort of a brick red)

Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/ magical thing you wear?
A: I have a pin I made using a leather button from an old jacket my father had made in London about 40 years ago.  When he died I cut the buttons from his jackets and kept them to use in work.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: Cornwall, England is my favorite place.  I had the opportunity to live there for several years and I just loved it.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Visit the Maasai tribe in Ethiopia.  They have had an influence on me for as long as I’ve been making things – just over 40 years.

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: A day I spent cooking with a loved one in preparation for a dinner party.  There was love, great food, great company and completeness.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Consideration is the word for today.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Cheese of just about any kind.

Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: I listen to NPR radio and African music (Samite, Jeffery Oriamia, Fellacoute, to name a few).

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: To fly without aid.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: I would love to spend a day with Martin Puryear the sculptor.  He has always been an inspiration to me.

Q: When is your favorite time of day?
A: My favorite time of day is not day but night.  I usually go to my studio around 8 pm and work until about 2 am.

Amulets and TalismansTo visit Robert Dancik’s blog, click here.

To learn more about or purchase Robert Dancik’s book Amulets and Talismans, click here.

To learn more about or purchase Faux Bone, click here.


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