When building a steel sculpture or a steel table, the tools and the methods are the same. This workshop is designed for the beginner to learn correct practices for tool set-up and basic steel welding. Along with developing technical skills, each participant is encouraged to explore creative ways of using this practical knowledge.
This workshop focuses on steel cutting, shaping, welding and finishing. Some of the procedures and equipment introduced will be oxy/acetylene gas cutting and welding, plasma cutting, MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, grinding, sanding and finishing.
Students learn the basics of setting up and using welding equipment, as well as other metal fabrication tools. We explore both free-standing and wall mounted modes of working. Illustrated talks focus on the physical properties of steel, its distinctive creative potential, and its unusual relationship to the history of art. For example, steel has great tensile strength, but it can be used to create sculpture that is visually delicate. Daily class meetings consist of group demonstrations and discussions, with ample time scheduled for individual instruction and conversation.
Carl Reed is a sculptor and professor emeritus at Colorado College. His sculpture ranges from gallery-scaled pieces to large, site-specific public projects. He is particularly interested in the expressive capacity of materials, and often combines stone, wood, metal and concrete. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Sweden.