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Published:  June 28, 2004

Author Details
Author:  Michael J. Bryant
Michael J. Bryant is currently an art teacher at Waxahachie High School. He received his Masters Degree in Sculpture with minors in clay, welded metal sculpture, metal smithing, and jewelry.
by Michael J. Bryant

Texas Tornado
1972  |  8 1/4” x 6”  |  solid bronze cast

A negative of this cast was carved into molding clay making the exact form of the final product unknown until casting. Mike Bryant informed us that the piece was nearly stolen at a showing in which a man was unwilling to purchase the piece for his wife.

Whatever Happened to the Old Man’s Cadillac and Caddy’s New Deal
1982  |  9 3/4” x 9” and 4 3/4” x 4 1/4”  |  quarter-sawn oak base, phosphor spring bronze, and Plexiglas.

This piece commemorates the downsizing of the Cadillac sedans that the men of the preceding generation seemed to love from a hulkish, curved form to a more graceful, functional, and efficient car. With the new downsized sedans, the artist recalls his father saying “might as well buy a Chevy.” As a result this piece was created to remember the end of what many older men felt was a staple in the history of American automobiles.

1977  |  14” x 7”  |  hand built stoneware with FY White glaze.

This piece began as a coil, and marks the artist’s desire to find his way with clay.

Every Banker’s Dream
1981  |  23 1/2” x 2”  |  brass fabricated base with clear and white Plexiglas.

The idea is that you could put your money into this bank, but never get it back out; hence, a banker’s dream.

First Dance
1975  |  5 1/2” x 3 1/2”  |  solid aluminum cast

This piece was created to portray the awkward manner in which children first dance with each other at a school dance, how no one ever looks graceful or comfortable for their first dance.

1980  |  12” x 11”  |  salt fired stoneware

There is a marked imperfection in this piece caused by the glaze of a pot on the above shelf dripping down in the firing process. While many of his contemporaries called it a “beauty mark,” Mike Bryant still felt it was an “imperfection.” As a result he was never very fond of the piece.

Untitled Stoneware
1977  |  16” x 5 1/2”, 11 3/4” x 5”, and 10” x 4 1/2”  |  hand built stoneware with FY White Glaze, hand built stoneware with FY White Glaze, wheel thrown stoneware with FY White Glaze.