John Unger

Sculptural Firebowls — what I’m known for

The power of fire and the strength of steel fused in elemental elegance to create sculptural fine art reborn from the ashes of industry.

I make sculpture from scrap industrial steel, cutting by hand with a plasma torch at 45,000° Farenheit. That’s 4.5 times as hot as the surface of the Sun or the Earth’s core.

My Sculptural Firebowls are intended to have an immediate visual appeal as well as providing a story, meaning, and social interaction. They offer an opportunity to gaze into the fire and connect with the human questions that have enticed every imagination since we first gathered around a captive flame over a million years ago.

I created the first Great Bowl O’ Fire on May 30, 2005. I had no idea at the time that it would become the work I was most known for. In the seven years since I created the first Great Bowl O’ Fire, my art has set the world aflame— I’ve shipped over a thousand Sculptural Firebowls to all 50 states and 12 countries.

My Sculptural Firebowls have been widely covered in books, magazines, newspapers, radio and television. HGTV and DIY Network frequently feature my work on their shows and I’ve been featured in both the Business and Home sections of the New York Times.

Artist’s Statement — how I make art and why

If my job as an artist is to fill the world with “more things,” I feel it is equally important that I reclaim materials from the waste stream to make space for my work.

Surprise and beauty are a good start, but I expect more and so should you. As an artist and designer, I am committed to sustainable design practices and materials in the following ways:

I work primarily with recycled or re-used materials. This is the best way I know to minimize my impact on natural resources, climate and the environment. I feel creative re-use has the potential to spark new ways of looking at the world… if one thing can be turned into another, what else can we change? Successful recycled art and design encourages creativity in others— it’s alchemical, magical, subversive, and transformative by nature.

Dale Rogers

I am a full time metal sculptor from Massachusetts. I design both large-scale sculptures for individual installation with private collectors and temporary public exhibits full of multiple pieces.

My love for art lies in abstract geometrics, and much of my body of work encompasses the clean simple properties of that style. Over the years, I have incorporated iconic and whimsical shapes into my sculptures that allow viewers to connect with my art on an emotional level. My public exhibits feature sculptures that do just this. I strive to create thought-provoking work that is sophisticated, easily recognized, and will serve as a mental postcard.

Stainless Steel and Cor-Ten Steel are the metals I choose to work with. The Stainless Steel is beautiful and versatile. The surface of it can be done in many different finishes (as you will see in our gallery). The variations add dimension and depth to the different sculptures. The Cor-Ten is chosen for its “long life/low maintenance” reputation. It is what cities and the federal government use to make bridges out of. It oxidizes over time and then seals itself. It offers an organic and simple element to the sculptures while the Stainless Steel brings in a little more pizzazz and punch.

In 2002, I began my full time welding career. My interest in TIG welding and working with metal had started years before when I taught myself to repair metal equipment on my family’s farm. My interest in art started even before that, when I was in school. Art was always something I loved, but truthfully didn’t think it was a career path that could support a family. It always struck me as a hobby, and having it make sense economically didn’t seem feasible. To that end, I have walked a fine line of balancing my creative impulses with the economic realities of marketing, selling, and transporting large heavy metal sculptures.

The process for creating my art takes at least six months from conception to completion. When an idea comes to me I think about it for some time before moving to the next step. I complete a sketch and then begin the process of transferring that idea to something that can be created with metal in my studio. I use  3-D software to perfect the image I want before breaking it apart into workable pieces to be laser cut.

My work includes sculptures for home and garden all of which are on display at fine galleries throughout the U.S. and are included in exclusive private and corporate collections. I am honored that my large sculptures enhance many public spaces across the nation for visitors to enjoy. When I am not designing, welding, or exhibiting, I like to spend time with my 3 children traveling in my Vanagon, 4-wheeling, and flying kites.

James G. Moore

James has been working professionally in bronze for over 20 years. After pursuing a 15 year career as a middle and high school art teacher, Jim decided to make the leap of faith and make his sideline passion for sculpting into his full time career. The last several years as a full time sculptor have been rewarding and full of adventure. His award winning work is now in public and private collections across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Jim participates in many shows and is represented by several galleries across the western and mid west states. He lives in the rural town of Eaton Colorado, 25 miles east of Fort Collins. Jim spends much of his leisure time enjoying the outdoors and observing the animals and natural environment that are so inspirational to his work. This website is designed to give you an opportunity to appreciate and acquire original works by James G. Moore.

"Having a desire to create

Jesse Meyer

I’m a Wisconsinite, grew up in Waupun and I am now living in Milwaukee. Shortly after attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design “MIAD” at the age of 22 I co-founded a design-build company called Flux Design. We focused on interior elements of all kinds and incorporated our own unique sculptural esthetic into all of our work. In that time we’ve received many accolades and have even been given our own TV show called “Made In Milwaukee” on the DIY network. At Flux, I taught myself how to work with many materials, but I have grown particularly fond of metal. I’m now looking to take what I have learned, push the envelope, and create my own personal art.

I now passionately create my own sculpture, and my favorite subject matter is “life”. Wether it’s from nature or humanity I love the inherent energy of that which is alive. I’m particularly fond of the human form and all that can be expressed through it’s depiction. To reflect these subjects I often work with traditional methods and materials, but I am now concentrating on developing my own unique aesthetics and techniques.

One of my sculptural pursuits are my Garden Fish. My vision is to create a form that captures the essence of a fish, making it less literal, more abstract, yet still unmistakable. The intention is then for someone to place them amongst their landscape, as they school and interact with the environment. The fish are fabricated from steel, stainless steel, and bronze. I start my process by plasma, cutting out two fish shapes, form them into the two halves, weld them together, grind it clean, give it a finish and/or patina, then finally a clear coat to help protect it from the elements. I’ve created them to bring a serial sense of nature to our personal space and environment.

Jim Johnson

An advertising photographer for 35 years, with 20 of those years in his own studio, Johnson retired in 1996.

Through the years, he has worked in wood sculpture and since retiring, he has added stone to the medium he is using. His current work is in limestone, featuring frogs, birds, cats and other animals, which have been described as whimsical, along with free form stylized pieces.

Jim’s art pieces are typically displayed outside among gardens and walkways.

William Jauquet

Obsessed with line and style, boldly executed, William Jauquet’s work demonstrates power and strength, yet is elegant and sophisticated. Jauquet’s attention to detail and fine craftsmanship results in distinctive works of art, worthy of collecting.

Jauquet, who started woodcarving in 1978, had his first bronze cast in 1985. Jauquet has gained worldwide acclaim for his bronze horses and figures. Jauquet’s work has been collected by individuals, corporations, celebrities and museums. His work is exhibited in some of the finest galleries in the country.

Dennis Heimbach

In his wonderful biography on Picasso, Norman Mailer stated that he (Picasso) has a unique gift in his ability to produce a painting with “three-dimensional expression.” This same effect can be found in the work of Dennis Heimbach. As a sculptor, he has poured his expression and expertise into an amalgam of style. This devotion has added a fourth dimension to his work: faith. Faith in the viewer to find something in the work that impacts them deeply and unforgettably. And that is the nature of art.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dennis started on his path by designing futuristic automobile bodies. Placing a First Place design in the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild Awards in 1963 was quickly followed a year later with an Honorable Mention at those same ceremonies. Continuing on this path would have been fairly easy, but choices in life involve finding the eventual fork-in-the-road. Dennis found his in the designing of jewelry. Taking a smaller, more precious piece of metal and shaping it into something magical proved to be an irresistible temptation and a major challenge.

Dennis took on a formal indentured apprenticeship as a jewelry designer, manufacturer, and diamond setter. Not exactly a walk in the park. But he has faith in himself, and after an additional year studying with European master jeweler Helmut Odoefer, he had his trade.

Fast forward thirty years, seventeen as the owner of his own retail guild store in Madison, Wisconsin. Dennis has now come full circle. After retiring from retail jewelry in 1995, the artist and the artisan came together. The details, passion, and faith have designed the fine arts sculptor.

With his work on display in galleries nationwide and in public installations at the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA, and in the City of Greenville, SC, and with his designs contained in private corporate collections such as S.C. Johnson & Son in Racine, WI, and Pfizer, Inc., in Ann Arbor, MI, Dennis Heimbach’s path grows ever wider.

Steven Haas

I became seriously interested in art in the tenth grade.  As a high school senior my class was assigned a mobile project with Alexander Calder as our reference.  I discovered what has become a lifelong passion.  In the mid ’80s I acquired the tools to make other tools that allowed me to develop a new concept in the genre of the mobile.  In 1991 I took the show on the road, setting a goal for myself of four years to see if the concept would be successful.  It has been an interesting ride, one that has found my work in over forty states, Switzerland, England, and Canada.  It has also allowed me to work at a scale that I could only dream of in 1991.

The sculptures I produce are an exploration of what can be fabricated with flat sheet materials.  Bending, forming and welding are parts of the process.  The forms I work with are contemporary in imagery and can be modest in scale or as large as required.  I enjoy the tools, both the simple and the complex as well as the process of fabrication.

The sculptures are closed forms of aluminum, bronze, stainless steel or a combination of these materials.  This construction style gives the appearance of great mass but as the pieces are hollow, they are generally manageable in weight.  The materials are chosen for their inherent beauty and durability.  Little or no maintenance is required of them and they are suitable for in or out of doors.

Francis Metal Works

Inspired by the world’s greatest water bird sanctuaries, these majestic sculptures, handcrafted from iron and Minnesota fieldstone offer timeless reflection of nature’s finest works, adding a touch of serenity to any environment. 

Each spring, Minnesota farmers discover the earth has once again given birth to stones of every imaginable shape and size. Which appear to have magically popped to the surface of the farmer’s field, hence they are called fieldstone. This phenomenon is due to the cyclical freezing and thawing of the ground. Often they appear as if giant birds have laid eggs all over the ground. At Francis Metal Works, we select the finest of these fieldstones from the farms that grow them and add our unique copyrighted iron work to create one of kind sculptures that will adorn that special place for generations.

Charles Adams and Thomas Widhalm created these wonderful sculptures by marrying their passion for gardening with Chuck’s 40-year background as a jeweler and Tom’s 33 years as a creative metal worker. 

Chuck found working in his garden not only to be peaceful, but another way to express creativity. He designed his garden using 54 tons of boulders, and planting 1,800 perennials over 1 ½ acres of mostly shade gardens. After searching for artwork to compliment his garden, and finding nothing that seemed unique or natural, he decided to make his own. He collaborated with his long-time friend and fellow gardener, Tom Widhalm. Together over a period of almost a year, they designed their unique one-of-a kind iron and stone sculptures. They have been adding designs ever since. Their sculptures are crafted from iron and hand-selected Minnesota fieldstone chosen for character & shape. Their water birds offer a timeless reflection of nature’s finest works, adding a touch of serenity to any environment.