Artist's Statement by Richard Ferguson

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My work includes both representational and non-representational sculptures, although I am moving toward more representational sculptures. Curved shapes, and clean lines are common themes. Many of the sculptures are based on geometric shapes. Most of my work is in copper, but I also work in aluminum, steel and stainless steel.

Much of my work uses techniques and tools from multiple metalworking disciplines, including jewelry, blacksmithing, and automobile sheet metal work. I make many of my own tools. The combination of various disciplines and tools is a challenge, a source of great satisfaction, and an opportunity to produce unique work.

My design process begins with an idea or a concept, is developed into a series of sketches, and often includes a three dimensional model made out of paper or metal. When I am satisfied with the design, I go out to my studio and get to work.

Using a technique called "Direct Metal Sculpture", I start with sheet metal or bars, and begin bending, heating, hammering, cutting, grinding, and welding. The final finish may be natural, polished, painted, or a patina.

Copyright 2002-2014 by Richard Ferguson

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