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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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Website encourages swimming in River Wharfe at Collingham. The River Wharfe as it narrows at The Strid At Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. by James Metcalf; james.metcalf@jpress.co.uk. Published on the 17 April 2014 19:00. Published 17/04/2014 19:00.

Wetherby Today

Wetherby Today
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

As people age and their family and friends have died or moved away, it can often be the little things that can make a difference, whether that's answering letters, making a doctor's appointment, or just having a cup of tea and a chat. JAMES METCALF ...

Wetherby Today

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Remembering Srebrenica: Harrogate woman returns from Bosnia. Srebrenica-Poto ari Memorial Centre and Cemetery for the victims of the 1995 Genocide in Srebrenica (S). by James Metcalf; james.metcalf@jpress.co.uk. Published on the 15 April 2014

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Wetherby Today
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Grey skies over Wetherby. by James Metcalf; james.metcalf@jpress.co.uk. Updated on the 13 April 2014 19:00. Published 11/04/2014 13:44. Print this. The air pollution following the dust blown across parts of England and Wales from the Sahara hit the ...

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700

JAMES METCALF speaks to Lauren Morton to find out how her adventure ended. At the age of 24, Lauren Morton set out on a journey of 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands with her friend and rowing partner Hannah Lawton in December 2013.

Ripon Today

Ripon Today
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0700

Expansion of Morrisons store in Wetherby to go ahead as planned. Morrisons. by James Metcalf; james.metcalf@jpress.co.uk. Updated on the 11 April 2014 13:38. Published 11/04/2014 16:00. Print this. Expansion of the Morrisons store in Wetherby will go ...

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

An application to open a fish and chip shop to occupy an empty unit on Starbeck High Street has been withdrawn. Submitted to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) in February, the plans would have meant the area had more than 15 takeaways in less than a ...

Wetherby Today

Wetherby Today
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Drop in sales at Darley Mill Centre after road closure. The Darley Mill Centre. by James Metcalf; james.metcalf@jpress.co.uk. Published on the 11 April 2014 19:00. Published 11/04/2014 19:00. Print this. The owners of Darley Mill Centre have reported a ...
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