Women Who Weld Art

Women welders are often famous for their professional contributions to industry. Lesser known but equally accomplished women welders are out there in the field of art: creating welded works of beauty for art’s own sake. And why not? With art being appreciated in every country and era for its comforting and inspiring effects,  artists are often able to make a good living while doing what they love. In this case, that thing is welding! And we at Sidney Lee Welding Supply support our student and hobbyist welders in the Atlanta, GA area who want to gain the knowledge and welding supplies necessary to become the best welders they can be, whether professionally or just for fun.


Though our countries may disagree now and then, it is hard to ignore the considerable efforts made by women in Russia in the field of welding as art. From Vera Mukhina’s depictions of working people in the 1930s, to examples from modern days, women in Eastern Europe have hefted the welding torch to create think-pieces of beauty. One of today’s most well-regarded Russian welders is even nicknamed “The Weld Queen”: Alexandra Ivleva. The daughter of a professional cook, welding wasn’t an obvious choice in her family. Yet she was inspired by her mother’s work with steel pans in an unexpected way, when she first welded in 2007. She learned to cook in another way altogether, with the pots of her mother’s kitchen cooking up all new creations in the welding studio. The metal itself became the main ingredient in the Welding Queen’s kitchen, and now she is famous around the world for intricately welded objects of art such as “The Meditating Cat”. The artist thinks of her works as belonging to one of two categories, either social or spiritual. Ivleva is a fantastic example of the successful artist, with work booked a year in advance and galleries and private collectors snapping up whatever her ingenious use of welding equipment creates.


One of the most famous American welders in recent history is Dina Wind, who made small-scale artistic creations out of found junk objects in Philadelphia. At first trained as a painter, she also enjoyed assembling pieces from a scrap heap into works of art by means of a welding torch. One of her most celebrated works of art is a roughly two-foot tall piece named David’s Harp, made in 1985. Recently a team of professional welders honored this artist’s legacy by creating a twenty-six-foot replica of the sculpture. Inches were scaled into feet and giant pieces of iron were joined together with welding equipment of all kinds. Such a collaborative effort just goes to show that welding is alive and well in the artistic as well as professional domains. If you are a welder who wants to hone your artistic craft in the Atlanta, GA area, just call Sidney Lee Welding Supply to answer all your welding questions.