INDIO METAL ARTS

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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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Portland Open Studios Tour 2018

The Portland Open Studios Tour is happening! Join me in celebrating my 5th year anniversary during the tour. I love working in my studio creating metalwork! I want to thank all the people out there that support my work and thus make it all possible. I’ll be hanging out giving demos, talking art and process, with snacks on hand. I look forward to seeing everyone!

October 13th/ 14th & 20th/ 21st, 10-5PM.

5040 SE Milwaukie Ave, 97202.

I’m studio #12 in Community #2. Check out the map for the fabulous artists in my neighborhood as well as the nearly 100 artists citywide.

The print map is in the October issue of Portland Monthly Magazine, OUT NOW.

You can also download the tour app for $4.99.

In the studio working on a commission, 2018

Portland Open Studios Tour 2018


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Custom Deco Shoe Bench

I was so excited to present this one of a kind custom Deco Shoe Bench to my client. She was thrilled! This video shows some of the details I designed into the piece of furniture. It matches the architecture and style of my client’s period home. It will sit in the foyer at the top of the stairs. The sandal shelves are on the left, shoes go in the middle drawer and boots to the right. The boot box has a removable water tight tray. A top cushion will be upolstered. 60″L x 20″W x 20″D.

 


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Metalsmith Magazine May 2018

I’m excited to be included in the current issue of Metalsmith Magazine. It’s an article about Portland’s art scene, its metal workers and their work spaces. The SNAG, Society of North American Goldsmiths, conference is being held in Portland May 23rd – 26th. This is a look at the host city and its artists for their international magazine.

Portland, Oregon: A River Runs Through It

By Judy Wagonfeld

Page 16, Volume 38 No 2, Metalsmith Magazine

 

 

 

Thanks to Christine Clark for the reference and Judy Wagonfeld for the conversation.


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New Work for the Garden

Aluminum Bell with Stainless Accents

I love the details in this sculpture. I used various objects from my years of collecting. It was created using a fire extinguisher, laser cut drop, chain, square washer, vintage twist drill wood handle, stainless steel cable, plow disc and plumbing from my bathroom remodel. – 24″ W x 64″ H

Whirling Orb

I enjoy the variety of materials used to create this piece. There are found objects, plasma cut and laser cut strips of steel. It helps to add interest and texture to the whirling mass. – 40″W, 56″H on stand

Off Circle Orb

This is a one-of-a-kind garden orb. I found a laser cur drop and cut it up to create the sphere. I look forward to creating more by recreating the laser shapes and duplicating the process. – 30″W, 46″H on stand.

 

 

misty ornament tree

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MISTtreefullsm This Misty Tree came about through a discussion with Kelley about a way to display her collection of glass ornaments outside her window. She liked the Mist trellis but wanted it in the round. The orbs can be hung in one of the five large hoops or off one of the spirals that punctuate the piece. I made enough antiqued copper hooks that she won’t run out as her collections grows. 7’H x 2’W

Memorial Monolith Commission

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This monolith has been installed in Jerry and Richard’s private landscaped garden as a memorial to a loved one who has passed. The laser cut piece is 3/8ths inch steel with a fin bisecting at 30 degrees. At its base is crushed white granite which matches their nearby raked rock garden. Its been bolted to a concrete footing. 62″ H x 16″ W.

Client Review: “I met Shelly at the annual garden sale by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, where she was selling her attractive metal garden sculptures.  Subsequently, I saw more of her work at the Cracked Pots Art Show in Troutdale, OR.  I talked with her about fabricating a memorial sculpture for my home garden to honor my recently deceased Nisei parents, John and Frances Ota.  Shelly’s metal work seemed particularly appropriate for this. I had a calligraphy that John had made of his name, Ota, written in kanji.  After talking with Shelly about options, we decided on a vertical slab of steel in a vibrant red powder coat with the kanji script excised from the metal.   Shelly was a delight to deal with:  enthusiastic, flexible, engaging.  The final endproduct was exactly what we wanted:  elegant, refined, handsome, reflective of Japanese aesthetics.  It now has shined in our garden for 2 years.  It’s a delight to look from our home at the memorial in the garden, even in the depths of winter.  It always brings smiles to faces and great memories to mind.  Shelly made it happen.”

Arching Chime

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This is the Arching Chime installed in SE Portland for Lou Ann and Patricia. The face of the chime was designed to be viewed from the deck while the full body possesses the space from all angles. The piece is bolted to a concrete footing. It was inspired by the steel hoops of a vintage redwood hot tub. The paint matches the highlight colors of the house.