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Richard Ferguson has always been fascinated by metal and welding. He was given an oxygen-acetylene welder as a teenager. After graduating from engineering school, he worked in a steel mill, where he rarely saw a crane of less than 50 ton capacity, and hot metal meant hundreds of tons of molten steel. When he left the steel mill for the telephone company, he largely left metal behind. Since he retired, he has been blessed with the opportunity to make metal sculptures. Richard has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years.
He enjoys designing and making some of his own tools.
In 2017, Richard's Mobius sculpture was accepted in the Art on Loan public art program, with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation district. In 2014, Richard's Mobius sculpture was accepted in the Artsites public art program in Monument Colorado. In 2013, he participated in the Loveland Sculpture Invitational show. In 2012, his Mobius Sculpture was accepted in the Sculpture on 73rd Street in Westminister Colorado. In 2011, his Mobius sculpture was accepted into the Avenues of Art public sculpture program in Gillette Wyoming. Also in 2011, Richard participated in the Denver Artists Group show at the Brighton cultural center. In 2010, he had two sculptures in the Articulture show at the Garden at Spring Creek. In July 2009, he completed and installed a major sculpture of a firebird rising from the flames. In 2008, he was represented by the Muse Gallery in Longmont. In 2007, he was juried into Boulder Open Studios. In February 2007, he participated in a four artist show at the Kazzaz Gallery in Denver. Richard was represented by Full Spectrum Gallery in Longmont Colorado during 2006 and 2007. He participated in the Loveland Invitational Sculpture Show in 2004 and 2005.
Richard has attended numerous conferences related to various aspects of metalworking, including metalshaping, metalsmithing, and blacksmithing. In 2017 he studied Champlevé under Sharon Massey. In 2017 he attended the Rocky Mountain Smiths blacksmithing conference. In 2013 he studied patinas under Patrick Kipper. In 2012 he studied raising and chasing under David Huang. In 2007 he attended the Rocky Mountain Smiths blacksmithing conference. In 2006 he studied chasing and repousse under Valentin Yotkov. In 2005 he studied sculpture at Anderson Ranch with James Surls. He has studied sculpture at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and blacksmithing under David Norrie.
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