ornametalsmithMember Since 03 Apr 2006
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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 25 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.
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. The Shop 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.
I teach many different types of processes. Everything from jewelry fabrication, lost wax casting, wax design, forged jewelry in the jewelry field. As well as forged, fabricated, and/or cast architectural metal work. Just about anything in the metal arts field. Sculpture, lighting, furniture, gates, railings etc.... And I also teach hot glass work.....lamp work. Beads and small vessels.
"The only thing that I enjoy as much as using these processes....is teaching them to others."