I have always been fascinated with the malleability of metal when hot. It reflects the pliable nature that of clay, having the ability to mold and shape it into desired forms but with structural strength when cooled. The forging of hot metal can create both hard edge forms and soft curves within the same element. Pressing, hammering, shaping , bending and manipulating both surface and mass is the crucial structure of my sculpture that evolves through hot forging. This process not only allows me direct control of the sculpture I make, but also allows me to draw on a historical context relative to the craft of Blacksmithing that has been passed down for over 2000 years. Frederic has worked as a sculptor and metalsmith for the past 36 years designing and building work for private and corporate clients. A graduate of Philadelphia College of Art(now University of the Arts), he worked at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers for 11 years as a blacksmith and craftsman.