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Shelbyvision, Artistry in Metal: metal sculpture and hollowware, metal art, metal craft, designed and created by metalsmith Steve Shelby.


INTRODUCTION


Steve Shelby at Work


Hi, I'm Steve Shelby. Welcome to my website. I

 hope you enjoy your visit here. If you have any

 questions or comments, please feel free to email

 me at steve(at)shelbyvision.com, or get in touch

with me on Facebook.



About Me


I have been working with metal in one way or another for over 40 years. First, as a student, mostly making jewelry, then as an employee of Fox Products Corp., where I worked for 23 years making the metal

parts for the contrabassoons. During this time I learned a lot about the behavior of metal, and making tools and jigs, and that with persistence almost any problem can be solved. 

My metal art that I show on this website dates from 2002 to the present. My art is all about three-dimensional shapes, aesthetically pleasing forms found in nature. I use the visual memories of a lifetime of observing nature to create the designs for my artwork. The pieces I make are fully three-dimensional, hammered into shape from flat sheet. My favorite material is brass, because it is the most malleable of metals, but I also use copper, bronze, and silver. I stay away from elaborate surface decoration and patinas, preferring to keep things simple, so as not to distract from the form of the piece. I refuse to take myself too seriously, and much of my work has a playful or humorous tone. The themes of my work are timeless and universal, rather than topical; I like to think that my work could be appreciated by anyone anywhere, now or hundreds of years from now.

I live in rural Northeastern Indiana with my wife, Bobbie. We have four grown children. My studio is located on 20 acres of former worn-out farmland, most of which is being allowed to return to a natural state, my own little nature preserve. I like to take breaks from my work and just wander the grounds, observing the wildlife, sometimes taking pictures.

 

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