John Arthur

Metal Sculpture

I find working with metal to be a somewhat "magical" experience. Using my torch to cut, to heat, metal to the point of being able to bend, to form it to the image that exists in my mind is "magical". To melt metal in order to join other individual pieces together to form what is in my imagination is "magical".

I use copper (primarily) along with steel and bronze to create my works. I use what I see in nature (what I may observe while in my canoe while poking around some Vermont backwater) for many pieces. I attempt not to doggedly reproduce what I see but rather use it for inspiration. I simply use my imagination for more abstract, whimsical pieces; gentle curves, odd twists, familiar geometry, odd geometry....whatever pops into my mind. Whatever suits my mood at the time.

I use no paint to color my pieces. I use the flame from my torch to "flame-color" the copper, playing it over the surface of the piece to develop the colors inherent in the metal itself. Each piece flame-colors uniquely...a truly amazing process in and of itself. Kind of magical.

John Arthur
1017 Cheesefactory Road
Shelburne, VT 05482


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