When I entered the University, my goal was to gain experience in as many art and craft techniques as possible. At the time, bronze-casting was something that artists didn’t think to do themselves; one would bring a clay model and a lot of money to a foundry for molding and casting, and pick up the finished pieces. But there were a small group of people at my school who were dedicated to reviving it as a craft skill, so I learned to make molds myself and cast and finish my own work. This was the genesis of the Juxtamorphic idea; the process of making molds and the transformation from one material to another was fascinating, particularly in the case of natural objects. I soon had a large collection of molds, jump-started by borrowings from University departmental collections, which I drew from to create composite creations. Soon after graduation, I assembled my own foundry and began producing sculpture and other art objects.