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Peter Mangan

P.O. Box 1656
Blanco, TX 78606, U.S.A.
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Phone: 415.235.4867

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Artist's Statement

I have been a self-employed artist for the last 24 years.  About half that time was spent in San Francisco, CA but for the last 13 years I have been creating artwork at my Hill Country studio in Texas.  I have completed public art projects in Austin,TX, San Francisco, CA, Palm Desert, CA, Marble Falls, TX, and Clifton, TX.  In addition, artwork has been placed in commercial and residential environments. My artwork has been shown and collected in the U.S.A., Europe and Japan.  When I look back on pivotal experiences, certain events come to mind such as:  my apprenticeship at Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR, 1983; being a Visiting Artist at the New York Experimental Glass Center, 1988; and traveling around the world in 1996.


Creating sculpture is an ongoing process.  It has allowed me to venture into areas such as: symbolism, color, natural materials, representation, abstraction, functionality and aesthetic beauty.  My conceptual approach is to filter and interpret my life’s experiences into physical objects that strike a chord with others.  This is a form of visual communication.  Things are left open ended, so that a person may react differently at different times.  I believe in the voice of the individual.  Much of outstanding culture (music, writing, art) has emerged from one person’s unique expression.  In that regard, my work strives to be original and fresh.  An emotional response is more important than a purely intellectual response.  It is important to keep open to new ideas and input.  Intuition and chance mixed with forethought and planning can yield an interesting outcome.


Metals and glass are my primary media. The solid strength of metal contrasted with the transparent beauty of glass relate to attributes of all living things.  The metal techniques used are cutting, welding, blacksmithing and fabrication.  The glass techniques are fusing, slumping, sandblasting, and fabrication.  It is important to have good craftsmanship in one’s work.