Friday artist, Rock Meade |

Friday artist, Rock Meade

Rock Meade
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What is your career and your current job title? Part-time surfer, full-time artist.

Describe in a sentence or two your art? I transform old (sometimes antique) metal pieces into fine sculpture for the garden and home.

How long have you been working in this discipline? For as long as I can remember (about a day and a half).

Why do you do it? For the pleasure of creating something out of discarded objects, and to keep me out of trouble when the surf is down.

What do you hope to accomplish? I will never reach a certain goal, but strive to see what else is in that brain and how it comes out.

Do you create your art with an exact message, and what is that message? Look again – you might see something different.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time art positions and where your works are seen? I would like to work with high-end landscape architects, however I would rather remain a “starving artist” than be pressured into producing. There is no “art” there.

What kind of special training did you take? A few art classes in the ’70s and one recently at Sierra College.

If not, how did you learn the art techniques or processes? All of my techniques with different kinds of metal are all self-taught. As far as the idea or final creation, who knows where that comes from?

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Searching the county and finding old and different metal pieces and then looking at them upside down, sideways, etc.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Picking up a hot piece of iron without my gloves on!

How many hours a day or week do you spend on your work? It changes all the time. Sometimes I’m in the shop every day working on three or four pieces at once; other times weeks can go by without a thought.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? Anyone can do anything they really want to do.

Any other comments you’d like to include? Don’t throw anything away.


Rock Meade can be reached by e-mail at


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