Bill Hornaday is a BFA graduate from UCLA, where he attended both the Art and Film Schools. He has been working in metal sculpture since 1995, primarily creating sculptural steel vessels and their larger progeny, architectural columns and larger sculpture. Bill's studio, NAGA FORGE, is located in Santa Cruz, California. His works range from small vessels to large pieces in excess of ten-feet tall. Hornaday refined his organic and sensual style with the smaller vessels, which originally served as design models for larger architectural adornments and sculptures. The sculptural vessels have been well received, winning praise and prizes, including a best-of-show Merit award at the 1997 Smithsonian Craft Show in their very first exhibition to the public. Bill's work continues to be seen in museums, shows and exhibitions across the country.
Hornaday has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, China, Central and South America, as well as Europe, to study art and metal working in each of these areas. Throughout these travels he has developed a deep appreciation of tribal art, especially through the teaching of metalworkers in China and Japan. With ritual objects, the user claims his position as link between the past and the future generations, all of them connected by common ancestors, deities, and the story of their creation.
Hornaday seeks through his work to create a powerful and alchemical process of transforming steel into objects of unexpected beauty and delicacy. No matter the size, each piece begins its life as commercial steel pipe and structural tubing. Usually his material comes from the recycled surplus of commercial building construction. At 2300 degrees steel becomes extremely plastic and malleable. The artist, the fire, the water and the steel improvise to reach the final rhythm of artistic synthesis, which in many cases evokes the sinuous female form, a powerful model for inspiration and in itself a symbol of strength and beauty.