Bill Roberts, Ornamental MetalsmithCustom Design Metal Arts by BILL ROBERTS, Ornamental Metalsmith



"The skill of any artist is to create something that does not appear to be the sum of it's parts. Roberts' proficiency as a metal smith reveals organic forms that can hardly be fathomed to materialize from metal".
~ Dr. Leslie Hammond, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Appleton Museum of Art

 
     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.

 

Your browser does not support Flash! Please download it!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.

Fireplace Tools featured in December 2009 issue of This Old House magazine 
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Bill Roberts - Ornamental Metalsmith and his artwork have been featured in selected magazines, including This Old House, The Crafts Report, Ocala Style Magazine, Ocala Magazine and the Metal Artist Forum - MAF Newsletter, among others.  Please visit the Media page to read the articles.
 

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