BILL ROBERTS, Ornamental Metalsmith
"Although inspired by aquatic and botanical forms, for Roberts, process is paramount. His process of manipulating metal into plasticity mimics the growth and movement of the natural world with a substance that is anything but fluid."
~ Dr. Leslie Hammond, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Appleton Museum of Art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Bill Roberts, I live and work in Central Florida. I own/operate Custom Design Metal Arts in Ocala. I've been doing decorative metalwork for over 20 years. Starting this metalsmithing journey in 1984 as a jeweler and caster. Producing one of a kind pieces using the lost wax casting process. With a jewelers eye for detail, and finding myself drawn to other metals, in 1989. I began my apprenticeship, with Klahm and Sons, an internationally renown ornamental metalsmithing firm that specialized in architectural metalwork, of the highest quality. I was introduced to larger scale ornamental metalwork. Then the seed was planted that motivated me to learn the forge and fabrication approach to metalwork.
That experience has allowed me to broaden my artistic horizons to include not only fine jewelry in gold and sterling but also what I like to refer to as 'house jewelry'. That being Entry gates, railings, doors, lighting, furniture, sculpture and much more of mixed metals. Including aluminum, steels (stainless -mild & damascus), brass, bronze and copper. Of late, the majority of my work has fallen in the architectural ornamental metal category. I specialize in hand forged or custom cast, one of a kind and limited edition designs. I enjoy working with original designs of my own as well as collaborating with clients. Metalsmithing / Jewelry Classes and Workshops...
Bill Roberts, Owner and Operator of Custom Design Metal Arts, with over 20 years, full time, experience in decorative metalwork offers: One on One Classes and Workshops in the Metal Arts & Jewelry. The Studio offers one day, three day and weekly classes, intensive workshops and demonstrations as well as private tutoring. All levels welcome. Open year round. Bill is available to teach workshops and classes at others Schools in the United States and abroad.
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