Wells Mason is an American designer and sculptor. He founded Ironwood Industries in 1995. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the country, and he’s been featured in countless regional, national, and international publications. He’s a member of the American Craft Council, the Furniture Society, the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, and the International Sculpture Center, plus he serves on the board of the Huntington Sculpture Foundation. He’s also a writer, curator, and community activist – with a history of impossible-sounding community projects. These days, he focuses on studio furniture and contemporary sculpture. He’s based in Coupland, Texas.
Since 2005, Mason has been working on a series called The Umasi Collection. This series is specifically designed to blur the line between furniture and sculpture – with perfect panels that collide into organic elements. The ingredients for this series include reclaimed, repurposed, and reimagined materials – scrap steel, ancient structural beams, used telephone poles, abandoned trampoline parts, salvaged ship masts, old bicycle frames, and crushed aluminum cans – to create exquisite, controversial functional and nonfunctional objects. Because Umasi is built with discarded materials, it clearly comments on our consumer society. It challenges us to think differently about our waste and our dwindling natural resources, and it encourages us to imagine a more sustainable future for everyone. In essence, The Umasi Collection represents a platform for social commentary as well as a call to action.
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- Coupland, TX
- Wood, metal
- Professional Status
- Designer, sculptor, writer, curator, activist