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I use metal in many ways to both mount and support my glass work. This can be as simple as metal standoff bases to mount glass panels onto walls, or galvanized posts to support some of my cast and etched gate panels.

I first started working with metal years ago, designing metal bases to support some of my glass pieces as garden art. Sometimes I venture outside of my comfort zone of glass design when certain clients who have seen my glass work ask me to design metal artworks for them.

Clients have asked me to design and fabricate all metal gates (without any glass involved), figuring that if I could be successful at art glass design, I could also design and fabricate objects from metal as well. I usually take on the challenge as a chance to do something out of my normal scope. I have designed wrought iron gates with shell and nautical motifs, and used bronze sheet metal images that are water jet cut and then acid etched to put detail into the figures before being assembled into the gate itself.

Metal work to me is more or less a diversion that enables me to dabble in another medium. That said, I do enjoy the process, and I would love to hear from you regarding your own ideas for metal designs.

Sincerely,
Jay


Some examples of Metal works:

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