6 Two bronze pieces made while I was in graduate school contain the same references to nest and house as much of my sculptural clay work. I had never worked in bronze and was very interested in exploring it. What I found was the process of bronze casting shares many of the same aspects that I enjoy about working in clay. There are many steps in the process of making things in clay and I enjoy the fact that you have to be both diligent and patient. I also enjoy putting pieces and parts together. Working in bronze shares all of these qualities with many steps to the final piece. To create these particular bronze pieces I began with the building of the nest and house out of sticks. Then I made several investments or molds of the pieces including the legs. The investments were then placed into a kiln where the actual sticks were burned out leaving a void to be filled with bronze. Next bronze was then poured into the investment and allowed to cool. Once cool the bronze pieces were broken out of the investment and cleaned. I then welded the pieces and parts together to create the final forms. You can see how these multiple steps are very similar to the making firing glazing and firing again of clay pieces. The transition from clay to bronze as materials and processes was an easy and enjoyable one for me. Bronze also has the one quality that I love so much about clay. While both materials are very rigid once they are completed works they still reveal the fluidity and softness that they possessed during their making. About the Artist Kathleen Kneafsey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from Clemson University a Master of Arts in ceramics from Marshall University and a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Miami University. She is the artist-in-residence at the Huntington Museum of Art where she maintains the ceramics studio teaches classes for adults and children and is responsible for inviting and overseeing renowned ceramic artists for the museums Walter Gropius Masters Workshop Series. Her work has been included in many national exhibitions and publications and is held in both private and public collections. She lives in Huntington West Virginia with her husband and three children. Courtyard Series Kathleen Kneafsey By Kathleen Kneafsey This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Kathleen Kneafsey Rooted House Nest 2000. Bronze 58 x 39 x 26.