INDIO METAL ARTS

artful objects for inside and out


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Recent Commissions

I really enjoy working with clients to bring joy to their lives through metal art. Sometimes people know exactly what they want while other times, through a consultation, a sculpture is arrived upon. Here are some recent pieces brought to life through this process.

Bamboo Forest – 95″H x 32″W.

The client wanted a piece that would be visible when the pocket door was closed. It had to be thin yet pop visually. Through a consultation I suggested this concept. It brought the outside landscape to the interior.

 

Reed Trellis- Steel rod of various diameter, 6.5’W x 6’H.

This was designed to be an elegant way to hide the neighbors garage. The evergreen clematis will be trained onto it.

 

Spiral Gate, 36″Wx42″H.

This homeowner has an affinity for the spiral design. I plasma cut this based on a pair of earrings. It was then custom fit to mount into the side yard gate.

 

Eiffal Tower – 8’H x 42″W

My client honeymooned in Paris with her sweetie. For their 1st anniversary she surprised her with this gift, an Eiffel Tower trellis for the garden.

 

Eternal Om – powder coated red with bell – 48″H.

During a tour through my studio the idea for this piece came to life. They found exactly what they were looking for.

CLIENT REVIEW: I met Shelly at The Home and Garden Show in 2016. I was attracted to her display of hearts that she had welded because I collected hearts for my husband after his stent surgery in 2013. Shelly had unusual and beautifully formatted hearts made of different metals, including barbed wired and I thought that was a serendipitous material to shape into a heart. I liked that Shelly used recovered and recycled material for her art and I also heard the passion she felt for her chosen art form. Even with our years apart in age and world experiences, I felt a camaraderie with Shelly and saw and felt her warmth and joy for the sculptures she created and for those with whom she worked. I knew I wanted a Shelly Durica-Laiche sculpture in our front yard.

She listened to my musings and almost intuitively understood my desires and made a beautiful gong that brings joy to me everyday as it reminds me of my upbringing in Japan.

Shelly brings talent and heart to her art!


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Rain Spark Gallery is Open for the 2018 Season!

I’m excited to be part of the Rain Spark Gallery again this year. This is a lovely seasonal gallery with finely made, unique artwork by 35 artists.

It’s open 7 days a week, November 1st – December 30th. Monday – Saturday 11-7PM, Sunday 11-5PM.

Stop by and say hi while I’m working: Thursday the 6th 3-7PM, Thursday the 13th 5-7PM and Sunday the 30th 2-5PM.

Lake View Village, Suite 124, 390 N. State Street, Lake Oswego. It’s two doors down from Sur La Table on Ave ‘A’.


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Art Deco Tree in it’s New Home

Update to the Providence Festival of the Trees 2016
Providence Festival of the Trees was a successful charity event that I was proud to be a part of last year. The steel deco tree I built raised $7100.00 for Providence hospital’s cancer services and research. Thanks to Artemis for bringing me in on the project. This client photo is of its new home in Hood River. Doesn’t it look perfect in that setting?


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Commissions, client photos, new work & shows

COMISSIONS:

This sign is for a home business in Camas, WA. Elida is a professional artist and painting teacher.

The 40H x 40W sign sits on a 2′ concrete wall at the base of the driveway and along the sidewalk. The 20″ red center piece is her laser cut initial, powder coated. The four corners hold 8″ x 8″ x 1″ slabs of Blenko glass. The box tube frame is filled with a variety of textures; perforated steel, expanded mesh and woven mesh. It’s bolted down with tabs along the base as well as a vertical T bracket.

CLIENT REVIEW: “I am a professional artist who owns my own art studio/gallery. I needed an Art Sign for my studio and gallery that wasn’t your typical sign, but rather an art installation. I loved Shelly’s work and knew that she would be the perfect person to create something specific and unique for my space. I had a special area on on retaining wall where the piece needed to go. She worked with me over the next several months, helping me to come up with the design, the right materials and even how to install the piece. In the end, we were able to put my initial in the middle, in a vibrant red square, stain glass along the sides, and a mix of metals throughout. It is so beautiful and is a show stopper for anyone who visits my studio. I’ve received countless compliments and I am extremely happy with the end result! Now I’m looking for more spaces to have her create other things! She is an amazing artist and person and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her and have one of her pieces here with me now forever. Elida

sign for a home business, Camas, WA 8"x8"x1" Blenko glass slabs are mounted in the four corners. The mounting bracket on the right is for installation. 3 brackets with 5 bolt holes.

sign for a home business, Camas, WA Center is her laser cut powder coated initial. Box tube corner is filled with a variety of textures; perforated steel, expanded mesh and woven mesh.

 

This is Debbie and Ron’s new ‘Bubble Screen’ set into their landscape. The tube stock frame contains a variety of disc sizes. They run from 1/16″ thick  to 1″ thick and 3/4″ wide – 13″ wide. The hand bent strap rings are 1/2″ – 1″ thick. This variety allows for lots of movement and depth as you move around the piece. 6’H x 3′ W -client photo

 

Olivia and Clint commissioned this pair of red sprites for a corner of their beautiful backyard garden.

The rock used here was also used in the Lan Su Chinese Garden. -client photo

 

 

CLIENT PHOTOS OF WORK:

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My piece ‘Target’ is on the far right next to Brian Keith Scott’s totem. 7’H x 16″W

 

 

NEW WORK:

Here is my latest piece, Crescent. 10’H x 2′ 6″ W.

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CRESCENT DETAIL

Bull’s Eye: Reflectors, copper, laser cut remnants, fire poker base and drops.

Flower Wreath: Aluminum, beads, steel and copper. 18″W

 

FINAL SHOWS OF THE YEAR:

MAKER FAIRE PDX at OMSI with Dave Gonzo, September 10th & 11th.

LOCAL 14 at the Left Bank Annex, September 29th – 30th.

ART IN THE BURBS at Tigard High School, October 14th – 16th.

ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO HOLIDAY GALLERY at 510 Museum & ARTspace, November 22nd – December 23rd.

 

 

 


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Thanks for the photos!

These are some recently received client photos of custom and show pieces I’ve built.

I love to see how they look after I let them go out into the world. Thanks to all that sent them in!

 

Rose trellis

Golden Mean Rose trellis, 10′ H x 6.5′ W x 3′ D

 

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planetary, 4′ H x 24″ W

 

lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand, 

 

lantern and stand

mesh panel lantern and stand

 

lantern and stand

lantern and stand

 

red monolith

red monolith, 4′ H

 

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custom holiday stocking tree

 

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6’H sunflower

 

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red monolith, 4’H

 

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a natural spiral captured in a web inside the spiral of this mist trellis

 

 

display stand for fabric artist

display stand for fabric artist, 20″ H x 15″ W