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Andrew Hayes is an North Carolina–based sculptor who is an artist in residence at the Penland School of Craft outside Asheville. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where the desert landscape inspired much of his early sculptural work and allowed him to cultivate his style in fabricated steel. After leaving school, Andrew worked in the industrial welding trade. Here, he produces a simple, classic design aimed at accomplishing the most communal of tasks: opening a bottle of beer.

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  • Construction: Brass

  • Dimensions: 2" x 3"

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About Andrew Hayes:

I work at Penland School of Crafts, where I’m nearly finished with the first of a three-year artist residency that comes with a living space for me and my partner, Kreh, a studio that I’ve outfitted, and two meals a day during school operation.

My process starts by finding books that have an interesting shape or surface to them and I cut the paper from the binding. I don’t consider the text as having any bearing on the work. I use the pliable paper to build up a mass for the form, then hard steel to hold everything in place. While I’m doing this, I’m hoping to get to a place where both materials work together to make a harmonious shape. 

In a perfect world, I would outline work in the studio as equal parts of growth, exploration, and production. However, at times I feel that production still plays the biggest role in my practice. 

I do define myself by the way I work; I feel best about everything when I’m enjoying the work. But living in a small craft school community means that everyone understands the pressures and pitfalls of creative practice—not to mention plenty of opportunities for getting together with other artists in lovely social ways

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