Scott Nelles


"Many people ask me if all my current works are limited editions, they are not in the strictest sense. I cannot afford to limit the number I finally produce because it can take hundreds of hours to make the first prototype. All my work is made by hand in my own studio and that alone assures their limited production. Currently, I have been concentrating on a line of cast toys. I love the art deco period and I believe my toy cars, boats, rockets and airplanes reflect that love. Like most artists, my interests continually change and evolve."

Scott tends to develop his sculptures with rough paper sketches or creates them improvisationally, in three dimensions. He usually utilizes the "sand casting method," though he has incorporated different techniques of casting, such as the "lost wax method." To be a sculptor of and founder of bronze entails many skills and the use of many materials.  Some artists are experts in wood. For others, glass or clay is their medium.  For Scott, many materials are needed for his process.  He may choose clay for his model, or oil-based waxes. Other materials include wood, plastics, and resins.  

Scott uses many techniques, in his metal fabrication process, as well. Sheet metal and fabrication, welding, and forging are all incorporated in his workflow. When a concept is created in one or a combination of materials, a series of molds must be made form the original model.  These molds vary in material as well.  Examples include plaster, resin, or sand.  Then, Scott makes a final pattern made in rigid material, such as polyurethane or aluminum.  Using a "match plate," he can later cast bronze at 2150 degrees Fahrenheit into these sand molds. Many types of finishing operations go on from there. These include cutting, belt sanding, sandblasting, tumbling, oxidizing, polishing, and lacquering.


Scott Nelles in his workshop