Tim Cisneros: artist statement 

    In tradition, artists in metal "signed" their work with a touchmark. A touchmark is an acronym or symbol which represents an individual or shop. It is usually a stamp or punch with a positive image (reversed or symmetrical) which is indented as a negative image - right reading. The same tradition which gave us touchmarks had something which is lacking today, a comprehensive and widely acknowledged registry of artists touchmarks correlated to contact information. The medieval guilds of Europe established and maintained such registries which that day's patrons knew of, so they could identify the work. Below is my touchmark.  Located on the profile of the anvil are my initials......TC