Don McCullough

Don McCullough of Brooksville, Florida, is the only pewter and solder sculptor of this kind in the world. His style of sculpture captures the moment of impact rarely seen in sculpture today.

He received his formal education at the Newark School of Industrial and Fine Arts in Newark, New Jersey. Taking a position in the electronics field, where he received his introduction to solder as a medium. One day a fellow worker made a little spider out of solder (a low temperature alloy of tin and lead used in the electronics field) and asked Don if he could make one. Not only did Don make a spider, he was fascinated by the flow of this metal. His extensive work history in the electronics field brought about a unique understanding of the flow and control of solder. The later marriage of this artist with the composition of pewter and solder started the growth of a new technique to create fine sculptured art. By using different size soldering tips the metal is melted to a liquid state and with 'one drop at a time' art is created.

His interests do not just lie in sculpting metals but in sculpting hearts and minds. During art shows and other activities Don found himself encouraging people, especially children, to dream. Once Don was scheduled for a thirty-minute ‘show and tell’ for his son’s school. When the children saw Don’s art work their eyes lit up. They were amazed at what he had done. He encouraged them to find what they liked to do most, see it as their goal, aim at it, and go for it!