Ryan Beard, Ryan Beard Studios
“Art is the management of contrast.” -Ray Beard
Contrast is one of the central lessons I learned while working with my father. I am a metal sculptor whose work emphasizes contrast; the process is physical and utilitarian, sometimes violent, but the finished pieces reflect a certain grace. I strive to create natural, organic sculpture from industrial salvage…nuts and bolts, rebar, and gears are often featured in my pieces. My machinery requires tremendous energy, but I operate solely on wind and solar power. Ultimately, the environment and my pieces are linked, for it is the relationship between the piece and its surroundings that becomes the art.
Influences include Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, and Andy Goldsworthy; their use of shape, scale and natural form in sculpture have guided much of my work.
Ben Dye, Ben Dye Sculpture
With over 25 year in the commercial diving industry I bring an extensive knowledge of welding, mechanics and design on complex multi layered projects. My work is personal, it is a daily test I ask and answer with the finishing of each work. As the work is completed it evokes new goals and directions.
Among the many challenges I face, I have chosen to use recycled metals as base material. I seek out colored tanks or cars and maintain the original finish throughout the process. More than the “recycle message”, I feel it is my duty to represent the reclaimed art community with the highest quality, most innovative work possible.
As a member of the local community, I would like my work inspire others to explore the arts on a more personal level.
For the last 6 years my focus has been exposure through large-scale public works. As a result, I have been awarded locations in Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, West Linn, Oregon City, Wilsonville, and Longview, WA.
Jennifer Ellsworth, Fairy Forge
Recycling and repurposing materials has always been a huge part of my life. I want to bring awareness to the public by displaying gorgeous sculptures demonstrating this practice.
I started creating sculptures in 2006 when I opened up my first business in metal fabrication. I created both functional and artistic structures and sculptures. This has led to displaying in galleries, having sculptures in public settings, and working one on one creating customized orders.
As a recycled metal artist I pride myself on using found objects mostly as they are. What people don’t realize is if you start out with a recycled item and then spend a ton of time and energy trying to create what you want it to be instead of letting it be mostly itself, you area really defeating the purpose of recycled art.
Ivan McLean, Ivan McLean
Arriving in Portland in 1996, the last sixteen years have been marked by the creation of furniture and sculpture for residential and commercial projects. More recently the scale of work has grown and the range of materials now includes kiln formed glass, carved wood and stone, bronze as well as steel in vibrant colors. I have been honored to be a part of several notable projects in the Portland Metro area and commissioned sculpture work installed nationwide.
I’ve been able to collaborate with many of the best landscape architects, architects and construction firms in the Portland area from whom I’ve learned to design and install sometimes very complex sculptural pieces, working with a number of trades, keeping to strict schedules and staying within budget. The design is often the easiest part, the challenge of fulfilling the vision is what I’ve come to enjoy.
Gina Nash, Experienced Materials
Transform, Re-Think, Re-Invent, Re-Decorate!
I am creating beautiful art accent and lighting for the home, porch, patio, and garden from recycled steel. I love to design affordable, accessible, and easy to install pieces that make you feel good because they are beautiful…and green.
Steel is the most recycled material in the world. For green builders we can follow your recycled steel for LEED projects. Beautiful re-use is hot and I hope you are intrigued and inspired by my new work.
Victoria Shaw, Victoria Shaw Sculpture
Victoria Shaw’s handbuilt and thrown stoneware sculpture references human forms, nature, and spirit. Her work derives inspiration from “the still, small voice within,” and often her sculptures speak about a collective spiritual vision.
The human scale of her series “Totemic Dreams” reminds the viewer of guardian figures and ancient ancestral markers. Round orb forms like those found in nature rest easily upon discs. The pieces are stacked on a vertical or horizontal orientation allowing the artist “to play with form in space.” The totems are symbolic of a journey that begins grounded on the earth while reaching toward the sky.
Often chosen by interior and landscape designers, the sculptures are suitable for intimate locations in private homes and gardens as well as decorative accents in hotels, restaurants, law offices, apartment buildings, and other commercial settings. The vitrified stoneware, like natural rock, can withstand all of nature’s challenges. The work is simple in line, and the viewer is engaged by the dynamism of form, making them a welcome addition to any venue.
Tim Gabriel, Gabriel Blacksmith
Tim Gabriel grew up in Baker City, Oregon, where he first discovered his appreciation for all things old. He began welding and forging in high school, and continued his craft into community college. During his service in the U.S. Navy, Tim was a ship fitter and worked on an anvil in the Navy shop.
Later, while Tim was working as a millwright he became fast friends with an old-timer who shared his love for metal work. This gentleman bestowed his many years of knowledge upon Tim, and Tim continued to hone his blacksmithing craft during his free time.
After working professionally in a variety of highly skilled metal fabrication positions, Tim now practices blacksmithing fulltime. He is committed to his craft and continues to expand his capabilities and talents through professional memberships, conferences, and workshops.
“Blacksmithing is the beginning of the food chain,” Tim said, explaining, “The blacksmith makes the tools for all the other crafts.”
Tim finds the self-sustaining aspect of blacksmithing appealing – the fact that he can make something from nothing by using the most basic elements of metal and fire. He makes many of his own tools; designed and built his own workshop: included an innovative venting system and even constructed his own forge.
Chris Schwartz, Junco Pottery
Junco Pottery was named after the junco birds that are frequent visitors in our garden during the winter months. My studio overlooks the garden and I derive much inspiration from observing the plants and wildlife within it throughout the seasons.
The work I create is built to be used every day for growing, preparing and eating food. My pieces are designed to function as supporting players in the garden and to present the bounty of the garden in a whimsical and artful way. My pottery is integrally connected to the garden and kitchen. The mason bees that pollinate our fruit trees live in the mason bee houses and visit our bug baths. The fruits they pollinate are cooked and served on my tableware. The fruit remnants live in a stylish compost crock before returning to the garden as compost.
My work is made with high fire stoneware, porcelain clay, and low fire raku clay. The glazes and surface textures I use are inspired by natural materials and everyday objects. I like to create my glazes from scratch and enjoy experimenting with different textures, glaze combinations and clays to create novel surfaces for my work.
The ever-changing natural world is most often my prime inspiration when I sit down to paint. The lost edges of a sea cliff on a foggy day, a shaft of sunlight touching a field of poppies, the alert gleam in a songbird’s eye—these moments of beauty are what I want to share with my watercolors. I find it unnecessary to idealize nature—I prefer to paint a “portrait” of an individual bird or flower with its own unique characteristics at a given moment rather than an idealized representative of a species. For me, the torn leaf, the fading petal, the irregular patterns of nature, all contribute complexity and interest to a scene.
I received my early training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where a solid grounding in the basics—color, values, composition and drawing—was emphasized, and it was my good fortune to study watercolor with the late Irving Shapiro, one of the best.