Kay Minto Fine Sculpture
Meet the Artist
Meet the Artist
      Recent Work/       Commissions
Warner Mt. Panorama

     Hi!  I'm Kay Minto, the rock welder.  What, you may well ask, is a rock welder?  Aside from the obvious, (I weld rocks together) it's a title I earned from the welding guild at Lassen College.  It was there I began the experiments that led to welding directly on rocks.  At first I tried limestone, marble, granite and sandstone.  And then one day I picked up a piece of lava rock.  Eureka!  Lava rock, already fired in Mom Nature's furnace, handles the expansion and contraction of hot metal very well.                                                             
     I particularly enjoy the juxtaposition of the highly technical, precise skill of TIG welding with the base material of primitive, convoluted, emotionally charged lava rock.
     When working on a serious series, such as Integuments, Elements of Change or Impediments, my starting point is often a word I've discovered while cruising through the dictionary.  I've found that I tend to explore the relationship between interior and exterior--the implicate and explicate order (the soul hidden beneath the skin.)  The sculpture becomes a form of communication involving the head and hopefully, the heart of the viewer.
     I've also discovered the importance of balance in my life.  If I dwell too long in the serious side of life, I become morose.  And so the lighter side refreshes and restores me and becomes manifest as such creations as the Prehistoric Lava Beasts, Saber-toothed Tiger, or Which Came First.
     My morning ritual of Tai Chi, (I've been a teacher now for many years,) not only balances and integrates me, but is a reflection of the way I create sculpture.  The Chinese concept of Chi is that of an energy that underlies and interconnects everything.  When I make art, I strive to do so in an environment of communication, or dialogue with the materials and the concepts.  A piece will evolve or change (as do I) during the process.  It is very different from working from a maquette, simply enlarging a predetermined form.  Spontaneity, flexibility and change are factors that develop in this dialogue and lead to an exciting evolution of the idea, and often, the sculpture and myself.


Kay and Instructor John Mulcahy


TIG Welding in Process

Contact P.O.Box 223, Eagleville, CA,96110, 530/279-2410 email: kminto@citlink.net