Artist, Sculptor Brian Schader


Thought you might enjoy pictures of the sculpture studio
and candid shots of us hard at work!

Brian's open air sculpture studio.
Nothing like enjoying fresh air and sunshine while working outside in Arizona, (well...except for during July and August)!

The new gantry, soon to be completed. A gantry is a bridge style crane enabling
Brian to easily move sculptural steel and stone from trailer to work stations in either direction and back
on to the trailer when finished and ready for delivery.

"Fountain of Light"

A 40' tall galvanized steel and glass spire will be installed in late 2018
as part of the Town of Fountain Hills Public Art Collection

Stairway to Success". Located within Azusa Pacific University's Fermanian Conference Center.

"Sentinel" being installed on El Paseo Blvd in beautiful Palm Desert California.

Fire & Ice being lifted out of the trailer. At approx 1000lbs it's beyond our capability to safely handle by hand.

Sometimes you do what ya gotta do to get the job done!
Brian's son dives into "Fire & Ice" to bolt the center down.

20' steel pipe....the beginning of "Fire & Ice"

Incognito, Matt grinds the edge of "Fire & Ice"

Our stock pile of material....plans are to create a series of the dramatic "Fire & Ice"
style, gas flame works all to be in the 15' to 30' tall range.

Glass pedals for floral sculptures in the "Garden of Life" series.

Each piece is carefully constructed with hidden rubber bushings to protect glass from shock or weather related  expansion/contraction breakage. 3/4" plate glass is utilized in this outdoor piece for additional strength.

Loading up the new bases for Waves & Windows. Waves and Windows a steel, stone, copper and glass sculpture
was purchased as the 100th piece in the Town of Fountain Hills public art collection.

Soon to become a sculpture base, here Brian cuts a 5' diameter
1/2" thick piece of steel pipe with a plasma cutter.

Brian is pictured here finish grinding on his sculpture "Passage".
"Passage" is Brian's first Bronze over steel sculpture. Available soon. One of Brian's steel and
stone sculptures "Unity"can be seen in the background.

Nine foot tall steel panels lay waiting to be assembled into a 3 sculptures titled "Convergence I, II & III"
now available at the Wiford Gallery Santa Fe.

3/4" glass squares are laminated with optically clear UV stable glue and inset into steel for this
sculpture titled "Convergence"

Brian creates massively stable bases for all of his sculptures.

His sculpture titled "Convergence" shown here has a 5' diameter steel base. Much thought goes into
important details unseen by the viewer and often overlooked by sculptors when creating larger works.

The engineering behind creating a base for a monumental sculptural work such as this is extremely
important. On the unseen side, Brian believes strongly in overkill when it comes to the structural steel
within his bases, as well as the use of zinc plate and zinc coating on all welds inside his bases.

While a natural rusted finish is beautiful and Brian's predominant choice of patina,
Rust prevention on critical structural points within his sculptures is a must.

Work usually takes place in stages, with all steel work complete for multiple sculptures at once
before moving on to the stone, glass, bronze and copper accent portions of each sculpture.

"Waves II" (currently under construction)

"Waves & Windows" detail of insets, stone copper and glass

Glass is painstakingly cut by hand

Don and Harvey Kenworthy work on the base for "Paladin". Certified welders are called in for
critical welds on the bases of sculptures of 10 feet or more.

Above, Brian is finish grinding the surface of "Passage" an 8' tall bronze over steel sculpture.

Bronze "flame spray" or "arc spray" is a process of passing a solid bronze wire in the path of a high
temperature arc or flame and projecting or spraying molten material with compressed air onto a substrate.

In Brian's sculpture pictured above the steel sculpture was first arc sprayed with molten
zinc to prevent rust, followed by molten bronze to achieve the quality, longevity and patina options
offered by solid bronze.

Frequently and preferably used steel pipe is utilized in Brian's sculptures.
Brian has a close friend who was in the pipe laying industry for many years and supplies Brian with
a near endless supply of large pipe to work with.

Ramon grinds a sculpture base in preparation for the final rust patina.

Brian hand hones a piece of Cantera stone for an inset of laminated glass.
Time consuming detail work such as this insures a proper fit and finish.

Laminated with high quality optically clear UV stable glue, the glass inset is test fit.

Stones are sealed with a penetrating sealer before laminated glass is epoxied in place.

Laminated glass blocks must be diamond ground to provide a rough surface suitable for the
epoxy glues to adhere to the stone cutouts.

All of the stones are cut and carved from massive blocks right here at the studio.
Here Brian chisels a stippled finish to the surface of a limestone block.