Chad Bridgewater was born and raised into the industrial city of Milwaukee Wisconsin. After working in transportation for a decade, Chad would go back to school for Art and Design and would earn his BFA and MFA in Sculpture, Metalsmithing and Digital Fabrication. Currently, Chad is an instructor of Digital Fabrication at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Bridgewater works in a wide variety of traditional and contemporary processes such as: welding, metal casting, forming, etching, powder coating, sewing, circuit building, 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC machining and manual machining. Materials include gold, silver, steel, iron, bronze, copper, ABS & PLA plastics, acrylic, vinyl, rubber, fiberglass, electronics, wood and textiles.
With both parents in the military and transportation, combined with the surrounding aesthetics of industry and function, a love of science fiction would infuse them all. Concepts of labor, identity and the body flow through custom one-of-a-kind objects, found object assemblies and digital renderings.