Forming station in Bill Dorman's workshop

Forming station in Bill Dorman's workshop

About Bill Dorman

Bill Dorman was a destructor and constructor in his childhood. Living near an illegal dump as a child meant many happy hours collecting, smashing and reconfiguring things. This passion was more focused in his early teens and saw him getting involved in enamelling and silver jewellery, which kept him away from being a shelf stacker at the local supermarket.

After school, Dorman trained as a primary teacher where he majored in ceramics and undertook further training through TAFE in blacksmithing, welding, machining, panel beating and CAD design. He studied drama at Newcastle Uni in the early 80s where he brought together his practical skills to develop fire sculptures, giant puppets, junk musical instruments and set construction for community theatre. In 1989 Dorman met with Val Aked, renowned jeweller and silversmith, who became his mentor and friend.

Dorman retrained from primary teaching to industrial arts teaching in 1988 where his approach to subject has always been from a creative viewpoint, using industrial processes, to create individual works of art. After moving to Goulburn’s Mulwaree High in 1993, he developed Art Metal as an elective, which focused on the play and possibilities that materials and processes give to the creative mind.

In 2004 he and another artist developed the Mulwaree Sculpture Project to cater for kids at risk of not completing their schooling. This still is a very successful program with many students gaining apprenticeships or going on to successfully complete their schooling. With over 200 sculptures around the school, $80K raised through auctions of student artwork and many state school sculpture awards, Dorman was named the Caltex/Rotary teacher of the year in 2006 and the Goulburn Mulwaree Teacher of the Year in 2015.

“For the past 30 years I have encouraged and supported, dragged and cajoled the mind to join with the hands to make beautiful things.”

 Dorman is based in Goulburn NSW Australia.

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