ANDREW CHAPMAN FIRE – METAL – VISION: These three ingredients combine at the hands of Andrew Chapman to create works of metal artistry. Traditional blacksmithing techniques, using hammer and anvil, and artistic vision deeply rooted in modern sculpture work together in each of Chapman’s handmade works. Steel and copper, newly made or found object, all bend and flow under his hammer. He moves and molds the metal to his vision, making metal into all things imaginable. Leaves and branches from nature, well-crafted scrolls or classic motifs, and modern twists and turns that defy gravity all take shape on Chapman’s anvil. His pieces range from larger scale architectural elements and furniture to small, flowing table top sculpture and handheld objects.
RICH KOLB In Kentucky Rich Kolb and his father created the first Yardbird over twenty years ago. The first bird came about from talks about, and tinkering with, scrap materials. People instantly loved them! Today, Yardbirds are decorative and functional animal sculptures made from recycled metal. These unique and whimsical creatures for the garden and home are full of personality!
BILL MERRITT Bill Merritt makes copper garden art in his Missouri garage studio. His specialty is hummingbird feeders. The glass he uses in his art began life as something else—soda bottles, vases, candlesticks, gazing balls, decanters, decanter tops, and some glass that even Bill can’t identify. From common to elegant, each is united with copper and repurposed as a fun and functional one-of-a-kind work of art.
JONATHAN PARENTICE Handcrafted metal art featuring whimsical decorative accessories for home and garden. Every piece begins with inspiration from the spectacular natural environment in Utah where Jonathan and Lynne Parentice reside. The couple states, “Our designs are inspired by the amazing rock art and critters of the canyons, then we infuse them with our own sense of motion (and humor, sometimes) to give them life!”
ELAINE & BILL SNELL Artists Elaine and Bill Snell of South Carolina offers wall art, ornaments and sculptures made from mild steel and copper. All of their artwork starts with an original drawing that is refined and translated into a pattern. Pieces are cut from mild steel or copper with a plasma cutter. The intricate details are inspired by classic paper cut techniques.
JUDY VILMAIN Judy Vilmain of Rhode Island creates an array of pewter pieces for the home, table and office from inspirational paperweights, to a photograph stand that will remind you daily of someone you love. Vilmain currently uses a wide range of materials — including wood, aluminum, pewter, and silver. Pieces are sometimes created to solve a very particular problem, like where to put the car keys, while other times inspiration comes from out of the blue.