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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

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Bronze. Gold. Copper. See it all on Tour.
Posted: February 21, 2014

Go on the Tour to see all that glitters (or shines!) at Ford House!

Led by Curator Josephine Shea, get a Behind-the-Scenes look at the different metals used in the Ford House details. Some, like the iron Yellin gate, are artful functional pieces. Others, such as the Tiffany covered vase, are appreciated for their beauty.

"The Fords were very particular about all of the details in their home - including the details such as the type of handles on the doors to the silverware used in the kitchen," Shea said. "With so much to see at Ford House, many of these items are overlooked on a General Tour. I want us to notice these items too - the metal really is in this home's details."

The Tour, $20, is 1 p.m. March 9.

This unque Tour is a part of the programming for the exhibit "Nature Uncontained:Metalwork by Kim Cridler," which is on display in the Visitor Center through March 30.

For visitors to Ford House, the exhibit and specialty tours provide the opportunity to discover a different art form found in the historic estate.  “When people think about art at Ford House, they may immediately envision the paintings on the walls,” said Ford House President Kathleen Mullins. “We want to introduce them to the functional pieces that are just as artful, such as the Yellin gate that leads visitors out the door of the main hall to the lakeside terrace, or details like the finely crafted handles on the dining room door.  It reminds us of beauty that can be found in function.”
Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.  Admittance is by donation or when paired with lunch in The Cotswold Café, which will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
During the run of the Nature Uncontained exhibit, there will be special programming to explore metalsmithing and its Detroit ties.
Established Artist Salons 
Join us for a glimpse into the Metro Detroit art scene and connection with established local artists. Each salon will feature a presentation and art display by local metal artists, followed by a discussion of their work. Appetizers and adult refreshments included.
March 16 at 1 p.m. 
cost: $25 per person/$10 student (with student ID)
Jewelry & Refined Sculpture 
Adam Shirley. Refined modern jewelry 
Tom Madden. Refined vessels
Architectural Sculpture 
Evan Larson. Cerebral metalsmithing/sculpture 
James Viste. Trompe l'oeil vessels - Architectural ironwork 
Giorgio GIkas. Sculpture conservation 
Emerging Artist Salons 
Come to Ford House to pick up on Detroit's up-and-coming artists and art styles. See the works and hear the story behind pieces created by the best emerging artists, handpicked by their professors. Ten students will display their artwork and represent the best of the local art schools. Appetizers and craft brews included.
March 13 at 7 p.m.  
cost: $25 per person

Metalsmithing Studios Tour 
Join us for a day-long art adventure visiting Detroit creative outlets such as Venus Bronze Works, the College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and Fortress Studios. Watch the artists and students forge steel, pour bronze and restore sculptures. Transportation by shuttle and lunch at the Traffic Jam & Snug in Midtown is provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 
March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
cost: $65 per person


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