Constructed entirely of
copper, these items shown on this web site, are created by
hand, one at a time by metal artist Karl Thiele. Even the
base and shade are hand-spun from copper sheets. The patina
is genuine oxidation controlled by the artist and stopped at
the point of maximum effect. The piece is then spayed with a
clear finish to lock the natural color forever.
fascination with metal began at an early age in his
grandfather's blacksmith shop on the Umpqua river in Oregon.
Three years at the
University of Oregon School of Architecture broadened this
interest, and in 1972 he opened a studio on the Oregon
coast specializing in leaded glass shades.
Working today at his
home-studio in Freeland on Whidbey Island, Washington, he
continues a long tradition of excellent functional art. His
art work can be viewed at the following location, in
Parkland, Washington. See linked map.