William B. Pound
When I begin a sculpture I am not always sure how it will end, because I do not always follow a path from a preconceived idea or drawing. If I have a strong feeling about it's beginning I often let the end unfold as I proceed. If during the creative process change presents itself, and it feels right, I will leave it because I feel that change is natural.
Metal has always intrigued me. I use it in my sculpture because it can be rigid one moment and malleable the next. These capabilities enable me to transform this material into various shapes using hand tools, power tools, and various types of welding equipment.
Clay is another material that has long been of interest to me. The plasticity that clay has is naturally very different from that of metal, but by using proper tools and methods clay can be shaped and molded the same as metal.
Combining metal and clay in my sculptures is a challenge due to the fact that clay shrinks and can warp as it goes through the creative process. Even though clay is the more plastic and moldable material it is also the predictable material. On the other hand the metal, which is the the more stable and rigid material, becomes the material that must conform to the clay.
In their natural form bath metal and clay come from the earth. Although these materials have similar origins, I feel metal is more industrial and clay is more natural. In using these two material in my sculptures, I am attempting to show a harmonious fusion between technology and nature.
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