I am Sam Hingston, and I was born in London, England. At a very early age, my family moved from the UK to Adelaide, Australia. Then, when I was six we moved again and settled in picturesque Arrowtown in the mountains of the South Island of New Zealand. It was there that I first discovered the joy in sculpting. When I was about eight years old, a friend gave me a small piece of soapstone to carve and in doing so sparked my interest in three dimensional design. Although it was a simple carving, I remember very clearly rotating it in my hands and noticing how the lines and shapes changed with my viewpoint. I made adjustments where it didn’t look right and in this way made the whole thing feel balanced from all sides. It gave me such a sense of satisfaction, like I had brought this random collection of shapes and lines into some sort of harmony. I loved it. In one way or another, I have been making things ever since and even after all these years, the experience is still essentially the same.
I now live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and have done for over 20 years. My studio is in Beaverton, Oregon where I live with my wife Chandra.