The Art and Craft of Jeff Wasson

Hi and welcome to WassonArtistry.com. This website highlights the craftsmanship and artistry of Jeff Wasson. His many talents include sculpture, sketch drawing, and watercolor painting.

Several years ago Jeff travelled across Europe by bike from Ireland to Italy visiting many historic medieval castles and sites. His love for this period is represented in the art you'll see on these pages.

The website strives to show Jeff's work so enjoy. Send him an e-mail with your thoughts to jeff at wassonartistry.com. If you have suggestions for improving the website, send them to webmaster Brad Wasson at brad at wassonartistry.com.


Jeff and Brad

I have always been making things. While growing up I built go-carts, tree houses, boats, armor, sewed my own clothes, and made various other things. I wanted to build a sailboat and sail around the world but decided instead to come to New York City and go to art school at the School of Visual Arts. There, I studied drawing, painting, and sculpture, learning many new techniques and skills. While in college I became active in medieval societies that practiced combat in full armor.

After graduating I rode a bicycle solo across Europe and kept highly detailed sketchbooks of all my travels. When I got back to New York I worked at the Pratt Institute industrial design department, as well as working many freelance jobs. It was also around this time that I became involved with Cold Steel Armory. It was there that I got my first taste of professional armoring, building armor for re-enactors, jousters and collectors. I have continued armoring off and on between doing freelance work, pursueing my interests, and my day job. Currently I work and teach at the School of visual arts sculpture center.

For the past couple of years I have really focused on armoring; Studying and building 14th and 15th century armor. I have been using 1050 spring steel; heat treating and hardening for dent resistence and lighter weight. I take commissions to build armour; I prefer to build full harnesses but I also make individual pieces. I am interested in making armour that is historically accurate and is as close as possible in form to the real thing. Having fought and jousted in armour I feel I have a unique perspective on it's functionality. Also, being trained as an artist and sculptor I can capture the proper shapes that make authentic armour, an artform.

In the future I would like to work full time in my shop, building armor and similar related projects. I would like to be able to make a living off of my creative work, whatever avenue that may be. I love to make things and to bring my creative potential to fruition.

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