Heather Nelson – Metal Artist
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, but began working with metal twenty years ago. I was then–and still am today–intrigued by the idea of taking a very strong, hard material and making it appear fluid.
I am most influenced by the natural world and the idea of duality. In nature, as in life, it is often the most beautiful of things that can potentially be the most deadly. Or the most uninviting and harsh that has the sweetest center. There can be no shadow without the light, and so they remain eternally intertwined.
The process I use in creating most of my work is to heat the metal in a forge, form it on an anvil, then weld and grind it. The final stage is to treat the surface with a patina and sealer which will protect it from the elements. Two years ago I began to make tables, mostly out of a desire to have furniture made from steel and wood that I liked. I have designed and sold several custom tables. If you like my style please contact me. I would be delighted to create a custom piece of furniture for you.