James Arlen Gillaspie

Artist Metalsmith       

Photos of me examining the breast plate of  the Sigismund of Tyrol suit by Lorenz Helmschmid c. 1485, at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.


I was originally trained as a jeweler /silversmith, and it shows in my work. I have done everything from earrings to architectural sculpture. I have won awards in over half of the juried art shows that I have been in, with most of my entries consisting of armour or armour-like jewelry. Most of these were multimedia shows. 
Before I became a full time late medieval/Renaissance arms and armour cleaner/repairer/restorer, I made heat-treated medieval/Renaissance armour for use in simulated heavy combat for twenty years. I have done some work for film. I have visited seventeen European armour collections since 1993, as well as a couple of major private collections.  I have handled some very famous pieces. I am a serious student of armour, and my making of armour serves as a form of empirical research.  Armour in the German Gothic style has been my especial study, although one could scarcely tell by looking at the harness shown. It dates from 1991, which was before I had seen any real armour; moreover, it was heavily impacted by economic considerations. It is not representative of my current work. The photos on this site would make it seem that 16th century armour is my strong suit, but it is merely my most recent serious work. In any case, I can do more than any of the examples shown.
Those wishing to contact me may do so at:

James Arlen Gillaspie
 23  Cramond St.
 Albany, NY 12205