Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – William Brigham

Artist: William Brigham
Exhibition: Altered Carbon
Media: Various Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi
Website: theartificery.com
Instagram: theartificery


This week’s featured artist is William Brigham. He currently is in the BFA metals program. He claims that he enjoys making cool stuff, and that he often injures himself on the job. He is currently an undergraduate, and hopes to graduate this semester. He is a mjor in metals and 3D media. He enjoys spear fishing. THis is due to the fact that he makes spears, and wants to put use to them. He transferred from OCC to Cal State Long Beach. He is also from Huntington Beach. He also likes to be in his workshop in his spare time.

The majority of his works are knifes and metal objects. The knifes all have beautiful feathery metal indents. On the other hand, the other objects use different color metals. For example, there is metallic elements, gold elements, etc. Another color is the gradient color spectrum of gray to rose. All the texture looks smooth, there are no jagged lines or edges. Another really pretty art piece was the metal rose. I was going to include a picture, but my picture was too blurry, which wouldn’t do it justice. Overall, all the knives have different patterns engraved on them.

Brigham said that it takes him “an ungodly amount of time” to make these pieces. He also said that he was inspired by the Japanese katana. The Japanese kanata is a traditional Japanese sword. Brigham also said that all the pieces started out as a flat piece of metal layer. Most of the knives are made form carbon and nickel metal. Brigham also said that with staring off as a flat piece of metal, he tries to manipulate the patterns to his own liking. He also said that he made these pieces as practice to construct his sword. He is hesitant to completely construct the sword. Brigham also said that once there is 20 layers, he can mold it into whatever shape he wants. Once the steel is hot, it can be malleable, and be made into anything.

This experience viewing Brigham was very calming and fun. It was nice to see the patterns on the swords, they were very pretty. My favorite piece was the metal rose. It reminded me of the rose from “Beauty and the Beast.” It looked very delicate and beautiful, almost magical. My favorite movie is “Beauty and the Beast,”so seeing this rose in real life was a cool experience. It was almost as if seeing the rose in real life. The knives were a little scary to see in real life, since they were so large. They also looked really heavy. Overall, viewing his art was fun.




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