During the turbulent era of the 1960s, forces from the world of fine art, the American crafts movement and higher education converged in the San Francisco Bay Area making it the epicenter of an artist-foundry movement that swept the country. At San Jose State a group of graduate students became the first in that area to build their own cooperative studio-foundries from scratch and master the process of casting their own sculpture in bronze and other metals. Pouring molten metal became a direct means of creative expression under the artists’ control. Holt Murray, Daryle Webb, Peter Teneau, Richard Mills, Stephen Daly and Thomas Lynn made everything from jewelry and furniture to giant figurative sculpture and architectural elements over the course of an historic decade. They contributed to a nationwide reinterpretation of art casting and the nature of art and craft in general. Pouring Metal in the South Bay (Art Investigations Volume Two) shares their story for the first time with amazing period photographs and detailed narrative.
Collector, researcher, and artist representative, Hampton is involved in the study of mid-century art, craft and architecture from California and the Southwest - particularly communities of artists in San Diego, Long Beach, the Bay Area, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. He has launched an Art Investigations Series in order to share stories of influential but relatively obscure artists, their work, and the scenes they created.