Entries by Mark Rafter

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Or as my dear friend Jan Viramontes calls them, Cows. I became interested in petroglyphs 15 years ago or more.  Around the same time I discovered Joseph Campbell, someone who has had increasing influence on me over the years. Campbell made some very compelling comments about ancient shamans being some of the first artists, asserting […]

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Metal Flowers

This was my first series of metal art (work).  Learning to use the plasma cutter, welder, oxyacetylene torch … and acrylic paint and texture paste (I have lot of fun with paint).  To be honest, this was low hanging fruit, allowing me to learn and practice and actually produce some decent pieces (they are flowers, […]


Hot Patina Heart Art

This is another of those “let’s see if I can make it/do better” projects. I saw a large metal heart for sale in a gallery in Sedona, AZ that was so basic it was borderline annoying that someone was selling it. Probably 30″ square with some squiggles and lines cut into it. Had some kind […]

My Crucible

This piece isn’t a ‘real’ crucible any more than Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible was really about the Salem Witch Trials.  But it is one of the pieces I made at The Crucible in Oakland.  And yeah, it kind of is a crucible. We’ll get to The Naming and other symbolism in a bit. I […]

Clyde, The Fish

In late 2016 I attended a Welding Immersion workshop a The Crucible in Oakland. Five days of 10am to 10pm instruction and work time and access to one of the most complete metal working shops imaginable. They also bring in lunch and dinner so you didn’t have to leave or worry about that; it was […]


Garden Weave

This piece is another of those things that just popped into my head and then became something “I had to make.” That is literally the case in a number of my pieces; they are never intended as a series wherein I will make some quantity, varying component design and colors. They are truly one of […]