About The Artist

In 2005, my wife and I moved to western North Carolina. As a surprise birthday gift, my wife took me to a blacksmith shop to learn some welding and forging skills. Over the next four months, I went to his shop every weekend to try more. I was so hooked, I started buying my own tools and equipment.

Since then, I have spent most of my spare time coming up with new ideas for sculptures, then sequestering myself to see them through. I enjoy using my knowledge of the natural world to make sculptures that are realistic, and am also delighted to create some that are just downright fun!

As of 2014, I took a class at The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Here ive learned how to add powder coated colors to my smaller pieces of work.

In 2016, A friend and I built a CNC Plasma Table. It allows me to mechanically to cut things I had to cut by hand before. But only with more precision and a drastic cut in time. I am also making simple 2D designs as I continue learning how to work the machine.

2017 led me becoming a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. It was an honor and is a highly prestigious group of artists to be considered a part of.

In Asheville, you can see my work at the Woolworth Walk, located in the heart of downtown on Haywood Street. I also enjoy participating in art festivals and special exhibits. Contact me if you’d like to be kept informed on upcoming events. You can also “Like” The Nature of Metal on Facebook or @Natureofmetal on Instagram.

Background

As a child, I learned about nature by hunting, fishing, and hiking with my father. Later, I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Wildlife Technology from Penn State University. From there I went to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science/Biology and my Master’s Degree in Biology.

Throughout college I worked as an assistant for various classes related to biology and environmental science. I also assisted in field research in the summers with studies on birds and vegetation in eastern old growth forests. My graduate work was done on salamander communities in the old growth forests of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

After college, and a stint in landscaping, I obtained a job as a zookeeper at the Erie Zoo where I worked with a variety of animals, including primates, hoof stock, reptiles, and amphibians. My next job was at The National Aquarium in Baltimore where I worked with a plethora of neotropical plant and animal species. It was at the aquarium that I met my wife, Jill.

The Nature of Metal - Metal Sculptures by Jason Lydic