It was a natural leap to combine the elements of wood and metal and begin creating practical sculpture - art with a function - pieces of furniture, and other "things" that will stand the test of time and be used and admired for years to come.
"When I entered art school in 1967 the admissions interviewer asked me why I wanted to be a sculptor. I replied, "Because I love making things and this way I can be sure I will always be able to.”
Rob completed his formal training with a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and set out on into the world to continue making things.
Inspired by the wooden boxes that had fascinated him as a child in his Grandmother's home, Rob started working in wood, creating complex box structures that opened like a puzzle to be solved. He soon moved on to metal and his work became larger.
Artist, sculptor and maker of things...
Trained as an artist and sculptor, Rob Hare didn't stop to think whether he could be as deft with a chisel as he was with a cutting torch. He moves around his studio as if it were a single universe. "It never occurred to me that I couldn't do both," he says.