3RD GENERATION SILVERSMITH STRIVING TO ACHIEVE AN EVER INCREASING LEVEL OF CRAFT USING TIME TESTED TOOLS AND ANCIENT TECHNIQUES
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hello, my name is Tayte McRae. If you’re curious about who I am or how I started on the journey of silver and gold smithing, here it is.
I am a silver and goldsmith born and raised in the beautiful foothills south of Pincher Creek, Alberta. The son of silver smith Kelly McRae and grandson of bit and spur maker Jim Hyde. I suppose I didn’t stand a chance at a different career. I grew up with my moms workshop in the front porch of our house which was quite a feat in a 900 sq foot home. I then spent many years traveling to trade shows where I was introduced to countless artists and makers. This fostered a deep appreciation for quality hand made goods. To pass the countless hours of travel and trade shows I started to draw.
After a childhood spent filling sketch books I went to Calgary in 2008 and started to study illustration and design at the Alberta University of the Arts. Although I didn’t complete my degree I feel that this was a very formative time for me and its influence can be seen in my work.
After moving home from Calgary in 2011 I was ready to start my new journey. I was working on the family ranch which paid in room and board so I started tinkering in my moms shop learning how to engrave. At the time I was very involved in the ranching community and I became very interested in the artistry of bits and spurs. With help from my grandfather, I learned how make them. While bits and spurs were my initial primary interest over the next couple of years that passion would evolve into jewellery making.
13 years later after countless struggles, learning experiences and miles spent on the road going to shows, unconditional support and the occasional push forward when I need it from my amazing wife Stacey here I am still making jewellery and getting to do the job I love. My jewellery has improved by leaps and bounds in that time and will continue to do so as I continue to live and learn.