Arizona high school student thrives on metal art

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An Arizona high schooler turned a hobby into something much more, and it brought her closer to her mother – like the metal she welds.

In every piece, she takes something insignificant and makes it beautiful.

Faye Pfeiff, business school graduate West-MECthrived on being able to focus on welding.

“I certainly didn’t expect to find a trade school that I could start so soon, so I felt really grateful to find this class and be ready for work right out of high school,” he said. she declared.

Her mother, Arlene Pfeiff, was happy to encourage her daughter in this career.

“I was thrilled,” her mother said. “It’s a very unusual profession for a young woman, but I was absolutely thrilled that she wanted to get into something that really spoke to her at the time, something that she was interested in. Also, welding is an incredible long-term career opportunity for someone, so I thought that was amazing.”

Arlene says it only brought them closer.

“As a mother, you know, she does all the soldering, but a lot of the design and the resin that we do together, so it’s been a blessing in every way you can imagine,” Arlene said. .

Faye isn’t sure what the future holds for her, but she knows it will involve welding one way or another, and West-MEC has given her the tools to follow that passion.

“It became a bit of a hobby, quite an amateur kind of thing, but as I progressed my skills progressed and my interest in the craft progressed, so I joined this class so I can pursue my career in not just artistic welding but commercial, structural, whatever else I could do,” Faye said.

Faye’s works can currently be viewed at Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise.

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