Ryan Pedersen’s father James learned how to weld while he was working for an electric company, but it didn’t take long for him to realize he’d be much happier applying those skills to art — metal sculptures, mostly. When Ryan and his brother were younger, they were often “hired” to help buff and grind various pieces, or simply hold them in place so they could be welded together properly.
Over time, Ryan became an integral part of his father’s technical and creative process and followed in his footsteps as a fully accredited art instructor. As Pedersen Metal, the duo brings decades of experience together along with an innate ability to approach ideas from new angles, literally and figuratively.
“We usually make suggestions while listening to one another on the phone,” explains Ryan, “jotting down notes, and making some preliminary sketches. We then will develop these designs, share them, chat, and modify aspects of each other’s design until it blends into a final creation to pursue, and we create a model to see the sculpture in the round.”
Most of Pedersen Metal’s inspiration comes from the natural world — various landscapes and layouts, dialed into the most minute details — but their style has become more streamlined, elegant, and modern over time. This evolution will be on full display at Fall into the Arts. Ryan says their booth will feature a “variety of sizes, layouts, materials, and techniques of our visions. We also try to have a wide range in our prices to make our work approachable to anyone it connects with.”
Not bad considering one of their recent works (Spirit of Community) is sitting pretty as a permanent installation in Delano’s Art Walk right now.