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When asked about metal's appeal, he refers to its beauty, luster, and permanence, as well its ability to assume many different shapes. He adds, "In the foundry business, there is the thing of taking this hard, obdurate material and making it fluid. And then, in addition, there are the mechanics of doing it, the feel of the heat, the noise of the furnace. It's a very sensual thing. Then there's the excitement: 'Did we do it right?' And so every day is like Christmas."

He also notes the danger of it. "When you melt steel, and steel is hot at 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you look at, [you need] really dark glasses, you have to wear protective clothing, or it would set you on fire. And then there's the teamwork of handling two tons of molten steel. The movements are balletic, because it's dangerous. Everyone's looking at everybody, and everyone's trying to guess where we are, and we gotta get it [right], because it cools very fast once you take it out of the furnace. It's very dramatic. And once you've seen it, you say, 'Wow.'"

Portfolios of artists working with Polich Art Works can be viewed at www.polich.com.

Dick Polich standing in the midst of the artful world he's created. - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Dick Polich standing in the midst of the artful world he's created.
A plaster mold of Stanley Bleifield's Home Coming in the pattern storage area at Polich Art Works. - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A plaster mold of Stanley Bleifield's Home Coming in the pattern storage area at Polich Art Works.
Foundry supervisor Eddie Sanchez pours bronze into a silicon shell for a sculpture in progress. - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Foundry supervisor Eddie Sanchez pours bronze into a silicon shell for a sculpture in progress.

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