"Grand Confectioners vessel," Wabi sabi series, 28 x 22 x 10 in., forged steel + enamel paint


Madacsi's work showcases the claylike qualities of steel when it is forged at temperatures of up to 2400 degrees. Large, bars of steel weighing 25 lbs each are heavily textured by forging with a power hammer. The bars are cut, re-assembled into forms, painted, and then acid etched to achieve the colorful patinas.

The Japanese word Wabi Sabi encompasses three basic concepts: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Wabi refers to authentic simplicity; whether it is a man made or a natural object. It may be transformed though its creation (use of material), or perhaps its utility (a worn, smooth, painted surface, a chipped rim on the edge of a cup). Sabi denotes the containment of beauty or serenity an object possesses through continued time, use, and experience. Imperfections and wear transform the object. Encounters and endurance contribute to its uniqueness and state of being. In Madacsi's work it is evidenced by the heavily textured surface gained through the forging process and worn patina of paint and rust. The surfaces will gradually change through time and build on the uniqueness and quality of each piece.

Susan Madacsi

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  • Square platter
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  • Round platter