I pull long pieces of dripping hot steel from the fire and hammer them to shape under large power hammers in the moments before they cool or before the next piece overheats. The immediacy, physicality, primal force, rhythm and repetition induce the mindless totally aware state from which I create. In magic moments all I know and care about flow through me un-translated to conscious thought.
Mine is craft-informed direct metal sculpture with an improvisational overtone. The inspiration flows from and is inextricably linked to the forging process but is often outside the traditions of the craft. Forging forms without pre-conceived ideas of how they will fit into the final composition keeps the work fresh.
“3 Metallic Pajos" and "Color Pajos Group" are from a series started six months ago. I forge the individual sticks or pajos in groups of 40 in the passionate process described above. The forms change and evolve during the process. Then, in a more contemplative mindset, I compose them into groups of three attaching them to a spiral base. The interplay between the three elements is lyrical, meditative and unpredictable. I’ve been making them in many sizes up to 7 ½’ tall and foresee them getting still bigger. Recently I discovered the three-way interplay is further enhanced by arranging the sculptures in groups of three and I am offering them in this configuration. For outdoor installation, I attach them to the ground in a non-visible manner. They move nicely in the wind.
The magic moments I describe are elusive. They come from long hours over a lifetime of work at the craft but also from remaining open to life’s other inspirations. I studied flute improvisation as a music major in college and still play often while the forge is heating up or on my many solo hiking and kayaking trips in the canyons of the southwest. I am obsessed with compass and straight-edge sacred geometry. Those who follow my work are struck by the musical, geologic and geometric influences.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School '67
Marguerite Wildenhain-Bauhaus Master Potter
Cabrillo College-Jazz Composition and Improv.
Al Cromwell-Master Flautist
Self-Taught Artist Blacksmith
With Partner Susan Livermore 26 years running a six employee architectural blacksmith shop specializing in high-end lighting and furniture of our designs.
For the last 20 years, all sculpture and forged wall art has been displayed in our on-site gallery and grounds and sold directly.