Chad Bridgewater is currently a second year graduate student in the Peck School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee majoring in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. In addition to being a student, he has also taught a 3 credit welding and fabrication class at UWM. Between receiving his BFA in Metalsmithing and Sculpture at UWM and pursuing graduate studies, Chad has also worked for a local sculpture foundry assisting in the fabrication and production of one-of-a-kind bronze and aluminum sculptures.
Chad’s fabrication background includes traditional techniques such as welding, machining, metal casting and forming. Building on this foundation, his current research is focused on combing these processes with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining, 3D modeling, 3D printing and other rapid prototyping processes. With a sensitivity to design, function and process, his work is concerned with the value of labor, the importance of making and our relationships to the ‘object’.