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Wells in studio 2021

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. 

For more infor­ma­tion, please check out his website and connect with him on social media!

www​.wells​ma​son​.com www​.iron​wood​in​dus​tries​.com

https://​www​.insta​gram​.com/​w​e​l​l​s​9876/ https://​www​.insta​gram​.com/​i​r​o​n​w​o​o​d​i​n​d​u​s​t​ries/

Coupland, TX
Wood, metal
Professional Status
Designer, sculptor, writer, curator, activist