Whether it's a stainless steel or mild steel welded metal figure sculpture I'm starting, it all begins with the armature. It's very helpful to have accurate anatomical measurements for the bone structure. It will look awkward if this is not done right.
I TIG weld the stainless, which is very finicky to get to weld. the steel gets oxyacetylene welded which is fairly easy but took allot of practice.
Sierra Azul plant nursery holds a jurried sculpture show every year. They always have a beautiful plack made with the local newspaper article on it. My sculpture "The Crown She Wears" was featured in it.
Here you see a new sculpture being started. There is about 2 hrs work done. I have developed the habit of diligently clocking my sculpting time so I can look back when it is finished to see how long it actually took to make.
The computer screen shows my subject matter. I am careful not to shoot hot metal onto the screen and damage it.
I have used the MIG welder and oxyacetylene welding torch here to suggest movement, muscle and mass as I build up the material.
The first application of material is crude and bulky held together with tack welds. The next phase is to use the torch. by making the metal parts red hot and ductile I can bend in, twist, hammer and shape the form to resemble the character I'm looking for,
The foot or base of the pose must be strong enough to withstand the manipulation to come.
The latest large scale welded metal horse sculpture from Pierre Riche Art titled "Salvaged Horse" receives 3 awards at the 135th Santa Cruz county fair. The awards are best in show, best in division (sculpture) and first place award.
This is A slideshow video page by page of my first art book featuring only selected works made between 2014 and 2018. A brief statement accompanies each sculpture so you might want to pause the video as it goes to read through it.
This is a commissioned art project. It consists of two ten feet tall olive trees sculpted from cast and fabricated bronze.
This is the process of making an olive tree in cast and fabricated/welded bronze. First i draw out the tree as a rough template with all the size measurements. I will sculpt two trees on either side of a fountain where the branches join and mingle at the top. I'm doing all of the wax work in my studio and then bringing the waxes to the bronze foundry to be cast. The trunk and main branches i'm casting in sections then i'l weld them together. The finished trees will be patinad in colors and lacquered.
Here I have sculpted the tree in wax parts.
Some of the bronze tree parts back from the foundry.
The bronze tree parts laid out and ready for welding.
The olive leaves and olives were made from a sheet of silicon bronze. after the shapes were plasma cut in the sheet the parts were pressed with dies that i hand made. They were pressed in a 20 ton shop press then welded, ground, polished and welded again onto the branches.
This could be the third year in a row the local paper featured an image of my work in the paper. this is a large face sculpture titled "Metaface". It is in the 2017 "Sculpture Is" show at the Sierra Azul nursery and sculpture garden in Watsonville, Ca.
This article mentions my work and features this great photo of my sculpture bust "Inner Eye", a head sculpture depicting the Third eye chakra. all done in the usual recycled metal parts. This piece has allot of space in it. I was going for a minimal approach.
To make An object that inspires the spirit, uplifts the mood, encourages thought and created joy and emotion from scrap metal requires focus.
to be continued:
Here is a commissioned sculpture piece installed in 1997 that surfaced in a recent Cape Cod Banner article.
A blog on my sculpture and sculpting process.