SCONCES & SCULPTURES
As a student at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village Schools, I became enamored with the wall sconces in the historic classrooms and buildings. Some were very ornate and artistic although they shed very little light. In my sconces, I attempt to capture this artistic element while adding a soothing glow as the candle light is reflected off the polished copper & brass through amber mica.
My semi-abstract sculptures hopefully capture the essence of my ideas by combining the complementary elements of copper, wood, bamboo and stone. If I’m able to titillate the viewer’s thought process... I hope they enjoy the experience.
The Flaming Chalice, 2014
FOLD FORMING METAL
My copper bowls are made using a process known as “Fold Forming”, which was conceived by world renowned sculptor Charles Lewton-Brain. The copper is annealed (heated) to soften it, then folded, formed and hammered into a wide variety of shapes. This process is often repeated several times to achieve a desired shape. Each piece is created using a single sheet of copper, and they have no seams or solder. After forming, each bowl is given its own patina and decorative embellishment resulting in every bowl being unique. One interesting aspect of the Fold Forming process is that it can be scaled down, and lately I’ve been using the process to make silver jewelry.