Kate Pond, Sculptor

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Vessel #2

2000 steel 26" x 18" x 35" I made these vessels from steel pipes removed from Burlington, Vermont's city wood chip plant, part of the fiery process of generating electricity for our city. The raw pipes were cut into shapes with a plasma torch, then electric stick welded together. Lastly, using a large roaring welding torch to heat up each entire vessel, I applied a beeswax and linseed oil mixture that melted into the surface. Lots of flame and fire. Given their history, I evisioned these vessels being used with fire; Vessel #1, the lower one, might hold burning logs on winter solstice, or to store wood near an indoor fireplace. Vessel #2 could burn charcoal briquettes and double as a bird bath for the summer months.