We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Arnold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, how do you define success?
Seeing visions actually manifest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I mostly make custom orders and that requires me to be more personal with each one. There are many silversmiths out there and it’s challenging to be different. I tend to make stuff that looks antique. Different customers have often commented that the pieces feel old, or ancient.
Being a custom silversmith is challenging. It is hard to please each customer. It’s also time-consuming to make custom pieces. As the order list grows it is hard to keep up with my own success.
I have developed a patience and am working on not getting flustered when behind. Just to focus on one piece at a time and put my heart into it. It’s my art, my time.
I want to be known as a humble and hardworking artist with genuine intentions. A modern silversmith using old methods and inspired by the ancients.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting the Prescott area, I would take them the national forest where I spend a lot of time climbing and developing climbing areas. Prescott has so much rock and beautiful forests and trails near them. I would take them out for tea to the Raven Café. I would share the Yavapai college pool where I train for endurance and strength.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s hard to pin it down to one person to dedicate this Shoutout to. I would dedicate it to my old buddy, Tobias Crabtree. The first amazing artist I ever met.
I was digging a trench for Jock Favour, who is a well known silversmith out of Prescott, AZ, five years ago. He asked if I had any artistic talent. I answered that I didn’t know. He hired me to assist in his shop. I worked on and off for about two years and started making my own pieces. I sold the first thing I made and I have not stopped.
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