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Peter Mangan

P.O. Box 1656
Blanco, TX 78606, U.S.A.
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Phone: 830-385-5890

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Artist's Statement


Creating sculpture is an ongoing process that 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 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 viewer can bring their own interpretation into play.  I believe in the voice of the individual.  Much of outstanding culture (music, writing, art) has emerged from one person’s unique expression.  Given time, the general public can come to appreciate these works.  With that in mind, my work strives to be original and fresh.  Intuition and chance mixed with forethought and planning can yield an interesting outcome. Glass and metals are my primary media. The transparency of glass and the solidity of metal relate to the fragilities and strengths we all face in life. 

I decided to be an artist as a child and focused on it through my education.  Through a lucky break, I worked at a traditional stained glass studio (John Keberle Studio in Dallas) for a summer.  That experience opened the door to glass being an artist’s medium. 

Fused glass appealed to me because it seemed new, even though it actually pre-dates glassblowing.  I got an apprenticeship at the Bullseye Glass Co. Fusing Ranch in the early 1980's.  The knowledge from that period continues to inform my artwork.  Learning to weld at a vocational school in San Francisco allowed metals to become a more important part of my work.  This also made an increase in scale possible.  The solid strength of metal is a good contrast to the delicate transparency of glass.  I use both old and new techniques, from plasma cutting to blacksmithing and computer controlled kilns to medieval glass painting methods.

Living and working in the wide-open spaces of Texas encourage the creation of outdoor sculptures.