Work & Teaching Experience

2014-Present     Owner of Jon Shearin Forge LLC
2011-Present     Lead Fabricator for artist Randy Polumbo - Plant NYC - Manhattan, NY.
8/2012     Instructor - Penland School of Crafts - Penland, NC.
2008-2011     Head of the Iron Department - Penland School of Crafts - Penland, NC.
04/2010    Featured Demonstrator - Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival - Spruce Pine, NC.
03/2010    Workshop Instructor for University of North Carolina at Wilmington sculpture department.
03-05/2008    Assistant Instructor to sculptor LeeAnn Mitchell - Penland School of Crafts - Penland, NC.                            
02/2007    Assistant Instructor to blacksmith Susan Hutchinson - John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC.
11-12/2006    Assistant to sculptor Michael Sherrill - Kohler Residency - Kohler, WI.
2002-2006    McConnell Studios, Inc. - Raleigh, NC- Sculptor’s Assistant and Project Manager.


2006-2008     Penland School of Crafts: Penland Core Fellowship Program. Focusing on iron and metalwork.
1998-2002    North Carolina State University: Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design.

Job Related Skills

Proficient in the operation and proper maintenance of the following equipment:
Mig welder, Tig welder, stick welder, oxy/acetylene torch setup, oxy/propane torch setup, plasma cutter, band saw – vertical, horizontal, & portable, Ironworker hydraulic shear, chop saw – abrasive, carburindum, & miter box, table saw, jig saw, jump shear, beverly shear, pedestal grinder, belt sander, disc sander, 4 1/2” & 9” angle grinders, die grinder, drill press, slip roller, sheet metal brake, fly press, hydraulic press, media blaster, coal forge, propane gas forge, power hammer – Reiter, Sahinler, & Say-mak.

Proficient in the following blacksmithing & metalsmithing techniques:
Tapering, cutting, bending, twisting, splitting, upsetting, shouldering, fullering, punching, slitting, drifting, sinking, raising, chasing, repoussee, collaring, mortise & tenon joinery, inflation, forge welding – loop, jump, bundle, lap, butt, angle, T, & cleft, Damascus pattern welding, normalizing, annealing, hardening, & tempering of a variety of tool steels, vitreous enameling, etching, engraving, filing, and well versed in the application of a wide array of patinas, finishes, & sealers for both indoor & outdoor use.


Ironwork Today IV: Inside & Out by Catherine Mallette, Schiffer Publishing, 2014.

Ironwork Today III: Inside & Out by Jeffrey B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing, 2011.

From Fire to Form: Sculpture from the Modern Blacksmith & Metalsmith by Mathew S. Clarke, Schiffer Publishing, 2009.

Selected Exhibitions & Commissions

Invited to donate work to the Penland School of Crafts 28th Annual Benefit Auction.

Forged: Hosted by the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.
Invited to donate work to the Penland School of Crafts 27th Annual Benefit Auction.

Art on Main: Hosted by Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. Received a $5000 submission award.
Work purchased to remain in the permanent collection of Public Art Chattanooga.
International Artist Blacksmith’s Forge-in: Monaghan, Ireland. Worked with blacksmith Tom Joyce.

Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched: Hosted by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Sculpture Salmagundi XIV: Hosted by the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC     
Iron:2010: Hosted by the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
Commissioned by the Penland School of Crafts to create 4 sections of stair railings along the Craft House.

The New Steel v2: Hosted by the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
Via Penland: Hosted by Rebus Works Gallery, Raleigh, NC.

Winter Invitational: Hosted by the Greenhill Center for Art, Greensboro, NC
Fe NC: Hosted by Push Gallery, Asheville, NC

The New Steel: Coordinated by the National Ornamental Metal Museum and hosted by Delta Axis Gallery, Memphis TN for the Society of North American Goldsmith’s 2007 National Conference.
Blacksmithing with a Southern Accent: Metalwork from the Southeast: Hosted by the Madison–Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA in conjunction with the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America, Inc.