For this week’s artist conversation I decided to write about Thomas Cressman. He is a 5th year student at CSULB and is majoring in metals. He was born in Southern California and currently lives in Seal Beach about 5 minutes from Long Beach. When he graduates he plans on making work and then selling it. He knew he wanted to become and artist when he took an art class and a metal workshop class in high school.
All of his work on this show were made of metals. The types of metals that he usually works with are copper, steel, and silver. He mentioned the process he does to complete these works of art made of metals. So he get his inspiration for his next piece, then he starts with a flat sheet of metal. He cuts paper molds out, then he cuts out the shape and heats up the metal so it can be malleable. After he gets the shape he does the finishing touches which include small details and the texture.
Cressman gets most of his inspiration from the ocean. His favorite animal is the octopus because they are fascinating. He said most of his pieces are related to the ocean because it’s like a whole new world down there. He wants to give everyone an aquatic vibe and wants to transmit his love for the ocean to his viewers. His favorite piece is the one you see above it is a clam made of metal. This is his favorite piece because he didn’t know he could use the blue on his art. It was like a new discovery and was very excited about it.
I can relate to Cressman because I also like the ocean and it also fascinates me about all of its mystery. I felt that Cressman is very passionate about his work and also very dedicated when he has an idea in his head. He mentioned it took him 1 to 4 weeks to finish each piece, that shows you how hard it is what he does. I really enjoyed Cressman’s show and his philosophy. I would encourage you to check out his Instagram page where he has other very cool pieces of art. You can check it out at https://instagram.com/thom_cress6/