Art and Design in Metals/Wood/ Ceramics “Arte del Mundo”
In the spring of 1996 my wife Frederica , who is classically trained in art and design, decided to open a gallery “Arte del Mundo” ( literally translated Art of the World” reselling art ,importing all her work from Mexico, which is only 30 freeway minutes south of San Diego. The art work ranged from creative pottery to armoires including a good selection of oil paintings Diego Rivera style. One distinguishing feature was fountains which were only traditional and some that I designed which all sold as quickly as they could be built.
This gave me the impetus to use some of the skills assimilated during my carrier designing chemical plants and remodeling our first home (see before and after) .
So, as a hobby and for relaxation on weekends I began to build fountains and mobils and lamps not only Mexican style but Italian. As I progressed with this work over a few years a variety of these artworks emerged which are illustrated herein. Most of this craftsmanship involved metal fabrication, pipefitting, ceramics, glass, and pump technology. Choosing rustic and modern raw materials for fabrication gave me a vast resource ranging from aerospace scrap to raw materials from home and industrial buildings as well as used rustic lumber.
To develop the patina on some of the objects aging with sea water or utilizing very old heavy lumber gave just the right weathered or aged look. Some of these tables look as if they have been in a monastery for 200 years.
So, many people have bought or asked if these objects are for sale.
Created in our studio at Chase Ranch in San Diego California these objects can now be offered, on a limited basis, most of them one of a kind.
Lamps- design of “ ArcH Lamp” constructed of glass, steel, and ceramic utilizes a foot controlled dimmer switch and a 100 watt tungsten halogen bulb.
Restoration of decorative circular 1920’s model “sailing ships candelabra” lamps with six 15 watt light bulbs fully painted with Philippine mica shades. Truly a beautiful original pieces. Manufactured with special steel castings, painted wired, and ready to hang overhead..
“Flower lamp”- a multiple candelabra lamp welded to a heavy steel base with 8 15 watt lamps and painted in Navajo Turquoise with highlights in malachite. This is truly an outdoor patio light or for a porch. Light includes a foot controlled dimmer switch.
“Tellaverra lamp”-hand painted entirellary ceramic in Mexico in authentic Spanish Tellavera style this is the perfect lamp for a reading table or side tables in a bedroom.
“Flowering Vine Lamp” –These lamps are prototyped from an Italian country home and have been used in our home as night table lamps for over 40 years. This classic Italian design has been faithfully reproduced
in all metal construction of welded steel. Painted ivy green with a turquoise wash, with a three way brass socket and large 24 inch diameter beige shade. This model is better utilized as a set
Southwestern Cactus Lamp- truly unique all wood construction from the exoskeleton of a dried and weathered cactus from the Mexican Desert. Mounted on a Mahogany circular base with a classic “leather like” beige shade and three way brass socket, the entire lamp is coated with a soft semi-gloss urethane clear finish.
“Sea garden uno”- Montecito California
Cypress knobs - Everglades Flordia
“Sea Garden dos”- San Diego California
Art of Africa
Painting calla lilies
a] rustic redwood dinning table, with matching side table
c] [walnut finished dinning tab l
d] Coastal Lemon-1 glass top lemon tree base-Channel Islands
Coral Collection Jamacia West Indies
Elk Horn Coral
Stag Horn Coral
Abalone Shells Channel Isands California
Blue Abaqlone shell
Pink Abalone shell
a] Indian [tarra humara
c] large high fired Italian terra cotta
(Calder Type) Outdoor mobil approximately 7 feet diameter constructed of steel , fully painted and ready for hanging.
a) 60 inch diameter all stainless steel hemi-elliptical, with pump
b) cast stone and iron “ West Wind”, with pump
c) cast stone “Lion”,with pump
d) ceramic Telavera eternal cascade water in ceramic vases.with pump
e) Bamboo and slate table top fountain
Purchase of Fountains-: “Arte del Mundo”
Factors affecting use and maintainence
Power requirements and pumps
Pictorial tour of items offered
Grower of unusal /rare plants
Genestra –Spanish Broom-Genet Espagne
Sage Broad Leaf
Otto Quasti Lavander
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclaria)
Salvia Leucanthia (mexican sage)
Euphorbia Caput-Medusa’s Head
Haworthia Fasciata-Zebra Waworthia
Setcresea Pupurea-Purple Heart
Opuntia Turpiunii-Paper Spine Cactus
Scilla Violacea-Silver Squill
Washington Navel Orange
Oro Blanco Grapefruit
Marsh Seedless Grapefruit
Livingstonia Australis[Australian Tree Fern]
Chaemodora Costa Ricana
Cryptocerus Anthonanus-Anthony’s Zig Zag