About The Artist
Metal • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
bio: Cathy G. Vaughn is a full-time artist based in Richmond, Va. She received her BFA in graphic design from USC and spent 25+ years as a graphic designer. She is a self-taught copper smith and has exhibited her work regionally since 2012. statement: copper is my medium; natural materials and chemical compounds inform the surface transformation on sheet, formed and collaged copper creations, ranging from totems to abstract patinas to hand forged functional pieces.
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With simple compounds like vinegar, salt, and leaves I am able to transform a flat sheet of copper into a portrait of the natural world. With tools handed down from my father and grandfather, I am able to transform a sheet of copper into a vessel, or solid wire into a hand forged hook. I work intuitively when harvesting leaves and composing on copper. Because of the many variables in my process: ambient temperature, leaf chemistry & patina chemistry, each piece is unique.