Cache directory "C:/HostingSpaces/mi-synho/" is not writable.Scott Nelles – Elk Rapids, MI

booth-156-scott-nellesIn 1974 while living in Seattle I began my career in the foundry. Seattle had a number of small non-ferrous foundries catering to the fishing industry. I determined that I would learn this trade and apply it to making art. Since I had started in the leather business I bought and sold a lot of belt buckles. Making belt buckles would be my way into the art foundry. Fraser bronze of Seattle was a father and son operation and they were very helpful in getting me started. I would make patterns for my buckles and John Fraser would show me how to improve on my methods and then cast the buckles for me. After finishing them in my basement workshop, I would make road trips around the country selling the line of buckles and so began my life in bronze casting.

With some years of practice and observation I decided it was time to open my own foundry. I moved back to my home state of Michigan where I could be closer to my family and friends. Through the years 1978-2000 I built and grew the business to the point of employing four full time people and selling my sculpture nationwide. In 2000 a series of unforeseen events caused me to question everything in my life and I decided to implement a big change. I placed a small classified add in a foundry trade magazine to sell the patterns and the rights to make my line of products that I had been producing since 1978. A very nice man with a large foundry purchased the line and still produces it under the name, Nelles Bronze Sculpture. In the meantime I put myself to work on creating an entirely new line of pieces. It is this work that is showcased by the toy cars, boats, candlesticks and small animals that I now make in my studio. Both lines of work are available for purchase from me and in galleries nationwide.

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Although the event is still the third week in July Fair days have changed to Thursday through Sunday  Please join us for the 2018 Art Fair Thursday July 19 – Sunday July 22! “Diversity, Live it on South U.” Located on the south edge of the U of M campus, the South University Area is […]