Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
This book is the story of one of smithing's most accomplished, yet little-known, artisans. With this photographic study, writer Candace Leslie and photographer Diane Hopkins-Hughs have restored Erich Riesel to his proper place in the pantheon of ironwork artists. The first part of the book tells the story of Riesel's life. Born in Germany, he came to America at 22 and after working as a cowboy on a number of Texas ranches, his gift as a talented ornamental ironworker were accidentally discovered by two oilmen who were establishing handsome ranch/retreats on the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. For five years Riesel endowed their properties with beautiful ornamental works that have continued to evoke admiration. In this book, Lesie provides a fascinating description of Riedel's creative process, from discussing how he gets his ideas (dreaming is important), through a step-by-step discussion of the construction of an artwork in iron. The second part of the book is devoted to Hopkins-Hughs' black and white photographs. In these, she manages to harmonize her work with Riesel's, giving the viewer a wealth of information about his art. From massive ranch gates to airy railings to intricate chandeliers that Reisel turned out. Hopkins-Hughes captures masterpiece after masterpiece in wrought iron, creating a legacy that still endures.
Code No. 009137, 96 pages, ISBN 1879335913, $35.00