Page 13: Harrison Co. sculptor harnesses the power of fire

Harrison Co. sculptor harnesses the power of fire

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - For centuries, sculptors have used the power of fire to shape metal to create art. A South Mississippi man runs a forge in Harrison County and is known for his one-of-a-kind sculptures.

If you drive by Mariner’s Village Apartments in Long Beach, you can’t help but notice the 16-foot sculpture. It’s a byproduct of two things: fire and metal.

Greg Moran owns Amberglow Forge. He loves working with steel because anything is possible and it's timeless.

“There are no limits. The steel can be joined in any number of ways, and it has lasting appeal. It stays structural for a long time,” he said.

Fire goes back to the dawn of mankind. This is an ancient process with the discovery of metals and the power of heat.

“It’s a legendary process. It goes back thousands of years. You feel as if you are walking in the steps of the people that have done great things with this material,” Moran said.

Moran likes mixing materials, incorporating things like wood or stone to create sculptures. In the Amberglow studio, Moran uses a special 20th century machine to manipulate the metal and steel.

“I have a 1936 power hammer. It’s a little giant. We tracked the serial number down and it was on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II,” he said.

While sculpting is Moran’s first love, he also enjoys sharing his art form. Moran teaches a sculpting class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Sculptor Greg Moran is always making art at Amberglow in South Mississippi.

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