The Czech-born Mr. Savrda trained as a graphic designer in Prague and worked in that field for most of the time since he came to the United States 30 years ago. He switched to metal sculpture three years ago after he began making small metal ornaments for himself and soon moved out of the city to Connecticut. ‘Graphic design is clean and doesn’t need much space,’he said. ‘This is dirty work and needs lot of space.’Usually things have been born inside my head,’ he said. ‘I scribble things on a piece of paper, and somehow they fall together. I work on something and look for the perfect form.’ Then he cuts the metals — galvanized steel, wire and sometimes copper or brass — with metal shears. He then places his sheet metal on a wooden form, hammers the relief decoration onto the individual pieces, rivets them together and sets the piece in motion. And that’s when the fun begins. One man’s scrap metal is Mr. Savrda’s raw material for sculptures, primarily kinetic sculptures. ‘There is something about the movement,’ he said. ‘I used to do more ornamental work, but now I’m getting more into experimental sculptural work.
Ben and Kate Gatski honor agriculture through art. they established Gatski Metal to design unique metal works that express their connection to art. Ben and Kate use remnants of agricultural machinery to create sculpture. They scour local farms for abandoned farm equipment, looking for unique bits and pieces to create their work.
The vintage bird collection, designed by Jim Mullan, was inspired by his fascination with birds and antique objects. The crows were used as hunting decoys in the 30’s and 40’s and the smaller birds were carved in the 1950’s. The original decoys were passed on to Jim in 1991 and just recently he has turned each one into an eclectic one of a kind piece of art. You can see Jim’s lively sense of humor in each one of his creations.
Jim begins by hand painting each bird and then adds a variety of vintage pieces when creating his sculptures. The unusual relic’s he uses, such as, croquet balls, binoculars and old toys give each inspiring bird his own personality. Objects that were cast aside as useless are used in his designs to demonstrate the fragile balance between nature and industry.
Heron American Craft Gallery • 16 N. Main Street, Kent CT • 860.927.4804