Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Take a leap of faith

I haven't forgotten about you... There have been so many things going on that I haven't had time to share what I've been up to. Here are some images of a few things that I've been doing:

Repurposed bicycle reflector chain-link earrings.

Yard decorations

Zipper earrings

Cast brass and hammered steel cross

Lastly, I've been working on replicating a portion of the Grapevine that I have been commissioned to do. The leaves here are made from reclaimed architectural copper and are formed by chasing and repoussé.
In other news I am up and Minneapolis helping the artist John Pugh with mural for the theater in the round players. It's been a fun trip living in the theater for it over a week but I need to get back to my studio so I can finish my commissioned work.

I took a leave of absence from my day job so that I could help out with this mural and take time to work on my own dream of supporting myself through art work and buying and selling also buying and selling tools and furniture. I was not sure if I was going to keep my job after I ask my boss, however, he let me off the hook and I am doing my best to make the most of it.

There's never an easy time to take a leap of faith because faith is believing without seeing and sometimes we let our minds see negative things before we even try. You can't live your life in fear. I had to put everything in God's hands and trust that he would provide. He always has and never fails to surprise.

Thank you for checking in.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Long winter

Winter has barely started and I am afraid that I'm in a situation where my studio has been put on an indefinite hold for the season. Since purchasing(signing my life over for) a house, I have been busy at my Habitat for Humanity Job and making repairs on the house. I didn't foresee the amount of effort that has been required to fix the house up. I, with the help of a few friends and family, have successfully repaired the bedroom to a point that is most livable and comfortable. There is no flooring, but it is warm and the deteriorated flooring has been replaced along with the shoddy craftsmanship that had been the interior walls. I am very thankful that my father has stepped in to help me install a ceiling in the garage; another effort that will help immensely. We picked up the roofing materials today and will start installing a ceiling in the studio Monday. Once the ceiling is installed, we will be able to insulate the new studio space and heat it. After I have at least half of the space insulated, I will reorganize and start working on commissions. I've been battling with possessions ever since the move to the new space. I have realized that I had more that previously thought, and beyond that, I have realized what I need and do not need. I have been busy purging items slowly by giving them away and listing them for sale online.

I'm very excited to begin working again. VERY EXCITED! I've had lots of drive and inspiration recently that should keep me going easily through the winter, even if the space isn't finished.

Thanks for your support.

P.S. I acquired a casting furnace, pretty much exactly like the university has. I got it for a deal and I intend to experiment more with casting in the future.

Best wishes and Happy Holidays.

-Adam O.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Please share my gofundme

Hi all,
Thanks for checking in again. I have images of new work for New York. The vessels are slowly but surely being made as I find time and energy. I'm excited to share with everyone the latest pieces for the 41st annual ACAC show at the Lincoln Performing Art Center in Manhattan! The show is June 10th and 11th and I have a Gofundme ( to hopefully raise enough money to cover expenses of driving to NYC with my art, tent and display items for the show. We are over 2/3s of the way there. A big thank you to everyone who has donated and shared my story. I understand there are many other important issues to support but your support for this dream is greatly appreciated. I will definitely keep all in mind who help with this endeavor.
Best wishes,

Adam O.

 Trying to come up with a title for this one. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Slow-food", "Food"  or something dealing with land stewardship.

 Vessel about water/ground pollution. Still considering a title for this one as well. I incorporated raising, fabricating, chasing and repousse in this piece. I'm very happy with the new direction. This vessel is made from reclaimed brass vessel, copper water supply pipe an copper printing plate.

 First vessel utilizing a lot of chasing and repousse.

 Blue Patina! This one was made from reclaimed casket-making metal scraps.
Thanks again for sharing:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I was graced with an interview with the local newspaper (La Crosse Tribune) and a few days later I was even more happy to find out that I was published on the Washington Times page for the same article about my work. Here's the link for the Washington Times:


Very exciting!

I've also been stepping outside of the normal routine, if you can call it normal or routine, to work on some other methods of vessel making. I'm always trying to learn, improve and try different things.
"To stay cup" fabricated from copper with chasing and repoussé for the lid. Actual size and functionality minus food/drink safe. Made from reclaimed architectural copper, copper pipe for straw and motor winding wire for rim.

New vessel in the works. My less common two piece construction, raised and fabricated from reclaimed architectural copper with details from chasing and repoussé.

Not my typical metal choice but aluminum bracelets made from repurposed platters with floral designs.

"Elephant" in progress. Working from repurposed brass pitcher pewter pour spout. I am preparing to recast the pewter spout in brass so I can actually solder it, but I may fabricate one from scratch instead.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ACAC New York Gofundme

Hi everyone, thanks for checking out my site. I'm excited to announce that I've accepted an invitation too the 41st annual ACAC Show at the Lincoln center for performing arts in New York City! I have declined this show 2 times in the past because I could not afford to make it but this time I figured I would do what I could to make it there if I did get invited. I started a GoFundMe campaign online and have been taking donations to help me achieve this dream. I believe this will be a big turning point in my career and I need all the help that I can get to make this happen. Here is the link to that: . Please check it out and pass it along.
I was thrilled to be featured in the local newspaper, the lacrosse Tribune. A reporter reached out because she found my campaign online and it caught her interest. The article turned out great but it didn't mention the campaign or how I needed assistance. My hopes were to get a boost from getting the word out locally through this very nicely written article.

Link to newspaper:

Thank you all again for checking in on me and my progress. I am in to the show because I have paid the first down payment and sent a check for the booth cost itself but I am still looking for help raising money on the gofundme campaign to help me cover the cost of driving my display tent and art work to New York City with my truck to stay for the weekend show.

Best wishes. Please share.

-Adam O.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Copper remnant from casket company donated by a friend.

Thick copper was well suited for raising the hull of the vessel. This image is after cutting the original sheet and making several passes of raising over my t-stake as well as some sinking into a wood stump and shot bag.

Windows 10 apparently had to update between moving images from phone, camera and computer and resulted in mysterious disappearances of many good process photos. I think its time to ditch the windows control... So there are no good images showing the elements between rough hull shaping and fitting the deck and mast stay.

Cast brass snake head for the ship along with cast brass 45 record adapter belt buckle project.

The cast piece needed extra finishing time because I was a little rusty and rushed on the mold-prep side of things. (lots of lost detail that had to be reworked into the metal by use of files and carbide bits.

Head and tail installed, deck is being fitted and seated figure wire man is on board to inspect gunwale height.

Mastfish fabricated and soldered onto deck. Repurposed lamp part made into mast that threads into fitting below deck for assembly and disassembly.

Architectural roofing copper was repurposed and made into shields for the ship.

Copper wire from a track-light fixture was cut and forged into oars for the ship.

More architectural copper was used to make the sail. Brass jump rings were used to hang the sail from the re-purposed copper grounding wire cross bar.

Ship was finished off with a cast brass and copper pipe base, a ferric nitrate brown patina and an etched world snake symbol (Jörmungandr). an all nighter ending at about 8:30 am Oct. 5th before having to go to my big kid job at 10 on the and then leave work at 2 to deliver the new vessel and other vessels about 2 hours away only to turn around and work the next full day (6th) and then opening exhibit at the venue on the 7th. Exciting times! So I was too tired to realize how dark the images were in the white background images.

Heat shrink tubing was used to allow oars to be snug yet functional. Steering oar made mostly from same light fixture threaded tube as the mast only forged into shape and attached to ship with brass pull chain from shop light to allow movement.

On display at the Alexander House in Port Edwards, WI from 10/7 - 11/15/2016

Address1131 Wisconsin River Dr, Port Edwards, WI 54469

Thank you for your interest in my work!

newest vessels to be posted soon so check back for some new vessels made with new methods.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Thank you for checking in. I apologize for the long time with no new posting. I organized a Pop-up art show in the building which my studio is in. It had a great turnout with international attendance from as far as the Ukraine and Russia. I was very pleased to have gotten so much feedback on my work, but I was also happy to provide an exhibit for 7 other artists as well. 7 out of 8 artists sold work at the exhibit and I even had an interview on the local news station. I hope that people will send me images of the show so that I can show you all.

In other news, I've been busy making new vessels, jewelry and even started on a second snakke viking ship. Pictures are coming within the month of August.

Thanks for checking in again and thank you all for your support. I am very grateful for you all.

Best wishes
-Adam O.
"Stitch" - in progress shot. Finished pictures to follow. Nickel silver, copper and enameled copper wire construction.