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For other people named James Metcalfe, see James Metcalfe (disambiguation).

James "Jimmy" Metcalf (March 11, 1925 – January 27, 2012) was an American sculptor, artist and educator. Metcalf established and led a community for copper artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán, Mexico, from the 1970s until his death in 2012.[1]

Metcalf was born in New York City.[1] His parents were both stained glass artists, most notably contributing to the windows for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.[1] Metcalf took up art and sculpture as a teenager. He enlisted in the 88th Infantry Division of the United States Army, nicknamed the Blue Devils, when he was 18 years old.[1] Metcalf fought in northern Italy during World War II, and lost three of his fingers during combat at Furlo Pass.[1]

Metcalf attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and then enrolled at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.[1][2] He was awarded a fellowship to study ancient metallurgy and essentially moved to Deya, Majorca, in 1953.[2] There he befriended and collaborated with writer Robert Graves on his work, Adam's Rib, published in 1955.[3] Metcalf lived in Paris from 1956 to 1965, where he located his studio at the Impasse Ronsin.[1]

By 1965, Metcalf was an accomplished sculptor, with a studio on Spring Street in SoHo.[1] However, he was tired of contemporary art and moved to Mexico, including Mexico City.[1] He became friends with prominent writers and artists, including Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Pellicer, and was the first to introduce Octavio Paz to Marcel Duchamp.[1] Metcalf won the commission to forge the Olympic torch for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.[1] He was married to Mexican actress Pilar Pellicer, his third wife, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.[1][1] Metcalf later married Pilar Pellicar's younger sister, sculptor Ana Pellicer, his fourth wife.[2]

Metcalf opened a studio and forge in 1967, where he taught artists how to create vases with a thick edge called El Borde Greuso.[2] In 1973, Melcalf and Anna Pellicer founded Casa de Artesana and a school. which would become known as the Adolfo Best Maugard School of Arts and Crafts in Santa Clara del Cobre, to promote indigenous artists and pre-Columbian coppersmithing and forging techniques.[1][2] Their work has been credited with preserving the metalworking of the region.[1]

Metcalf died in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, on January 27, 2012, at the age of 86.[1] He was survived by his wife, Ana Pellicer.[3] He was buried in Santa Clara del Cobre, near several of his sculptures.[1]


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Sat, 23 May 2015 10:03:45 -0700

For more information, contact James Metcalf at 828-817-3722. May 31. - Taste of the Upstate: Masquerade in Venice will be from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort and Conference Center, 670 Verdae Blvd., Greenville. Cost for the event is $70 ...

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Wed, 06 May 2015 19:01:43 -0700

Defense attorney James Metcalf of Waterloo, a former Black Hawk County attorney, vouched for Athey's remorse. "This kid has beat himself up as bad as anyone I've seen in 40 years," Metcalf said. On Athey's future, Metcalf suggested the "scars" of this ...

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Wed, 13 May 2015 02:56:15 -0700

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Sat, 06 Dec 2014 02:01:09 -0800

James Metcalf plans to finish the year in style – and then secure a shot at the Irish light-middleweight title in 2015. The 26-year-old, known as 'Kid Shamrock', fights Danny Shannon at Liverpool's Olympia tonight on promoter Steve Wood's show. Victory ...

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:08:37 -0700

CEO James Metcalf met Warren Buffett for the first time, he couldn't sleep. “I was scared to death,” says Metcalf, who was then president of the wallboard maker. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway had bought $300 million worth of convertible notes from USG ...

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Mon, 04 May 2015 20:41:57 -0700

... and geriatrician; and Jeffrey Tharp, M.D., chief medicine division officer. Rachel Lipson, M.D., pictured second from right, accepted the award for Brenda Marino, M.D., and James Metcalf, M.D., neonatologists, who were with patients at the time of ...


Thu, 07 May 2015 08:11:15 -0700

From left, Kim Menefee, WellStar senior vice president of strategic community development, presents the Distinguished Physician Award to Dr. Jeffrey Tharp, chief medicine division officer and internal medicine physician at WellStar Medical Group's East ...

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:30:00 -0700

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