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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.
His studio is in the Fort Collins Colorado area.
Richard's large Mobius sculpture has been accepted into several public art programs:
Art Around Town, Carbondale Colorado, 2022-2023.
Art on Loan, Centennial Colorado, 2017-2018.
Artsites, Monument Colorado, 2017-2018.
Sculptures on 73rd Street, Westminster Colorado, 2012-2013.
Avenues of Art, Gillette Wyoming, 2011-2012.
He participated in the Loveland Sculpture Invitational show in 2013, 2005, and 2004. 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.
Richard has attended numerous conferences and workshops related to metalworking, including the following.
He studied champlevé (steel etching and enameling) under Sharon Massey, in 2018
He attended the Rocky Mountain Smiths blacksmithing conference in 2007 and 2018
He studied patinas under Patrick Kipper in 2013
He studied raising and chasing under David Huang in 2012
He studied chasing and repousse under Valentin Yotkov, in 2006
He studied sculpture at Anderson Ranch with James Surls in 2005
He has studied sculpture at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
He has studied blacksmithing under David Norrie.
Richard has a Facebook page; search for Ferguson Sculpture. Please like or friend him there.
He also has a blog.
Current projects can be seen in both places.