Welding Technology

Welded Artwork Sculpture

Artist Alisa Formway Roe

I see the world as shape, color and texture. That interplay is what excites me and compels me to create. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Washington but until two years ago, largely focused my creativity with the challenges of a being a parent.  I began welding with a summer evening oxy acetylene class.  When I repeated the class in the fall, the instructor introduced me to MIG welding. The capabilities of this medium were more in line with my ideas.

My ideas were beyond my skill level but the PCC instructors were always supportive. They taught me what I needed to know, when it was needed. I had no idea all that was involved in welding. Each weld requires the metal being cut, then prepared to a bevel, tacked into place, welded and finally ground flush. Each element needs to be considered for potential warp and distortion. It is far more difficult and time consuming than I ever imagine. But the more I think of welding, the more I can see that can be created artistically as well as functionally but I find it tremendously rewarding and challenging.

Her Work
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This fire pit shows 5 ethnic faces woven together, albeit tentatively. It is designed to impress the viewer with my belief that we are all connected and must work together or end up "in the fire."

August Trunk
Alisa Formway Roe with August Trunk

This life-sized elephant of mild steel evolved over 18 months in the Rock Creek welding shop. The sculpture was chosen by the prestigious Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls and will be on display in downtown Lake Oswego. Read the full story as featured in PCC Communities Magazine: Steely Pachyderm.

Bell Hanger
bell hanger sculpture

I received a bell as a gift, and wanted a hanger for it.  About that time I was feeling overwhelmed by the tragedy of all the violence and fighting around the world. It seemed that someone was wielding a giant sword and they were slashing the very pillars on which societies and people around the world were constructed. I imagined that we were precariously balanced, not yet without hope, but in danger of falling; the one column is therefore sliced again and again, it teeters, and yet still stands, while the other column remains solid. The bell hangs from a chain and this chain is wound round the classic symbols of war, the sword and shield, binding them. The back side of the standing column holds the nest of a bird, a symbol of hope and renewal. I would like everyone to ring the bell for peace.

The Stair Railing
The Stair Railing

is a commissioned piece and is an abstract assemblage of organic solids and voids that flow down from the top of the stair and pile in a tumble at the bottom. The oval surface decorative elements repeat in line, the shapes of the openings and are opposed and contrasted by the larger square shapes that have gathered in the bottom corner. Tension is created in the angle of descent. All of the shapes imply elements of nature but are left to the viewer’s imagination to specifically interpret.