This gallery consists of selected images from the visual documentation of creating the works of Kaiwerx Studios. The sculpture and metalsmithing of Kai Wolter. Also visit Kaiwerx Studio's Facebook page to view the more extensive visual documentation of works in process.
The direct metal techniques used to create these objects are traditional methods of hammer forming such as forging, sinking, raising and chasing. The metals are formed over stakes, anvils and sand filled leather bags. The hollow-forms are joined through soldering, welding and cold connections. A major aspect of the material transformation is the technique of fold-forming. The fold-forming process exploits the plasticity, ductility, and elasticity of sheet metal. The characteristic bisection or fold/ridge created during the process contributes to the ability of the material to move into form as well as an aesthetic element of the work. The marks of process are the direct results of the relationship between techniques and material.
My intent is to create objects through process, intuition and a direct relationship with material that evoke the mystery and sensation of life.