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2919 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
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My art practice is within the tradition and discipline of making images in cast metal. This tradition combines magic, ritual, practice, performance, and art. Research with fire is the play that enables me to master the transformation of materials: the transmutation of space into form and form into space. In molds I make elegant holes and then fill them with liquid metal. By the fire, both the art and the artist are refined, tempered, and transformed. My work derives its inspiration from such diverse interests as canoeing and fishing in the wilderness, Native American culture, Asian culture, and the history of spiritual practice. From my travels in Asia and my life long study of Native American culture comes the knowledge that material and artist are spiritually connected and that the working methodology is in a harmonious relationship to the artistic and conceptual content. This practice has convinced me that making precedes theory and that the process of making significantly informs content and meaning. Thus my research practice includes investigating the various indigenous and historical traditions of metal casting and metalworking. My work in metals has been a fifty-year quest… the more you know, the more there is to know.


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“Sogata Vessel with Copper Flame”

Original price was: $900.00.Current price is: $850.00.

“Turtle Trivet with 5 Embryos”

Original price was: $200.00.Current price is: $175.00.

“Picto Turtle 1 Paddle” [lft] and “Picto Turtle Paddle 2” [Rt]

Original price was: $100.00.Current price is: $90.00.

“Rocker Turtle with Lingham-2”

Original price was: $75.00.Current price is: $60.00.

“Rocker Turtle with Lingham-3″

Original price was: $75.00.Current price is: $60.00.

“Turtle with Snake and Stone”

Original price was: $100.00.Current price is: $90.00.



Small Flat Turtle

Original price was: $60.00.Current price is: $50.00.

Standing Turtle” with “Flat Turtle”,

Original price was: $110.00.Current price is: $90.00.

Events & Classes

Viking-Era Metal Casting with Recyclable Clay Molds

The workshop will feature detailed instruction about the process, comparisons to other metal casting traditions of other cultures, as well as hands-on experience accessible in very few places.

Thu Aug 15

At North House Folk School

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