Stacey Rathert

Sculptor - Artist - Educator

Hotdog Fork Plans
Hotdog Fork Plans

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Advanced Class Blacksmithing Demo
Advanced Class Blacksmithing Demo

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Cast iron sacks fresh from the mold
Cast iron sacks fresh from the mold

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Hotdog Fork Plans
Hotdog Fork Plans

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Current Works in Progress

& Recent Activities

There is always something happening around the studio!

In recent weeks, I have been a guest lecturer in the advanced sculpture class at the University of Mississippi, sharing my knowledge of blacksmithing with students interested in creating personal sculptures using blacksmithing methods. In addition to a demonstration of basic blacksmithing techniques, students are applying those techniques to the creation of their very own hot dog fork. The workshop and demonstration will conclude with a weenie roast!

Work in progress - Several wax pieces have been in the works and are finally coming to fruition! Often my wax work is used as demonstration pieces in the intermediate sculpture class when teaching wax welding and wax manipulation techniques. This particular wax was finished in the spring of 2020, just before the pandemic, and was finally cast at the end of September at my alma mater, Fort Hays State University! Clean up of the casting yet to come! 

Over the summer, all of my current public sculptures were installed in various locations, including Opelika, Alabama, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Oxford, Mississippi. Since they are all on loan, it's time to make more work!

 

Work in progress - Gallery 4'11" came to be around 2014 to exhibit a show for an end of semester graduate review after a solo exhibition of my tiny work had closed and the work was returned. The exhibition, titled "Tiny Iron: 26 Objects of Obsession," was the winning proposal for a "tiny gallery" in New York and was exhibited for a month. Since then, Gallery 4'11" has only had one other (undocumented) exhibition. The gallery is now under construction in preparation for multiple exhibitions in the coming months. A dedicated gallery page under the portfolio tab explaining and documenting this project is coming soon!

 

work in progress - a series of cast iron bags which will have steel "ropes" tied around them. Each rope will be manipulated to look as if it is interacting with the human body and weighing it down or holding it back. The bags represent those things that weigh us down, cause anxiety or stress, and ultimately are things that we should let go of. This series is titled "Let that Shit Go" and will include one bag who's rope appears to have been severed!  

Click on the catalyst button to see what motivates my art making and some of my process...