Tutto Metal Design
Midcoast Maine craftsman Raymond Mathis began exploring his craft when he worked as a farrier, using the fire in the back of his truck to create his first pieces of art. In 1988, he moved into his first studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania creating work from his original designs using centuries-old techniques. His projects range from commissioned sculpture, interior and garden furniture, lighting, and hardware to commercial signage, gates, railings, and liturgical metalwork. Working in a variety of materials such as steel, copper, bronze, stainless steel, stone, and hand-blown glass, Mathis collaborates not only with private clients but with interior designers, architects, landscape professionals, and public art committees.
About the Project
Challenges & Solution
Ray is small in physical stature – roughly 120 pounds dripping wet – but he manages to bend and shape large pieces of heavy metal by virtue of talent, experience, and at times, sheer will. He may be quick to dismiss the complexity or difficulty of what he does, but don’t let him fool you; his finished pieces are the monumental accomplishments of a modest man. As storytellers, we couldn’t think of a better subject to use for a short film.
When we sat down and thought about how we wanted to approach creating Ray’s artist profile film, one of the most important considerations for us was to “do justice” to his work and his passion. We knew we had to create something that at least matched his attention to detail and commitment to making beautiful, emotive work. We wanted to make sure that someone clear across the country (or clear across the world) could fully appreciate Ray’s craft by virtue of ours.
To learn more about Ray, check him out on the web at Tutto Metal Design.