Stephanie Dwyer: Metal Artist

The first time I remember seeing the work of metal artist Stephanie Dwyer was at a Chimneyville Craft Festival put on by the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild

  The metal arbor adorned with colorful bottles was really a showstopper…

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A couple of years later I was thrilled to learn that she would be speaking to the Garden Club of Jackson.  I had no idea how compelling her story would be and was mesmerized from the beginning.

She told us that as a child she was always drawn to the woods and of the effect that atmosphere had on a young artistic mind.  The old bottles that she would find on her adventures were counted as treasures.  As a young adult her artistic talents were stifled a bit as she pursued odd jobs in order to make a living.  The woods would continue to call however, and she began spending weekends with her mother who lived on a seven acre spread.  As she says, “The force that drove me in my youth had found me again, and I wasn’t about to turn my back on it.”

She went on to obtain a degree in welding having no idea where it would take her, but she fell in love with the process and would be hooked for life.

 She has found the thing that she loves to do and it never feels like work to her – she loves every creative minute!

I had so much fun visiting her this week in her shop…

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The call of the woods is evidenced by the beautiful bottle trees that Stephanie creates…

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Her love of nature is obvious at every turn.  See the little bird perched here…

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 August 2006 found her moving to Madison, Mississippi with only her dog and welding equipment in order to be closer to family.  Unfortunately for Mississippi she will soon be relocating to Tennessee where new opportunities beckon.  There, she will have plenty of room for all of the furry four legged creatures that she attracts…

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photo by Tom Beck

Stephanie says that she acquires a new friend with every bottle tree made and this is a driving force in her work.  She loves hearing peoples’ stories and sharing experiences.  The South is home for her now and since moving here she has been able to let go of negativity and nurture the creative child that still lives inside her.  For Stephanie, her art is the thing that connects her to friends both old and new.

Her work has a wide range from bottle trees, arbors and chandeliers…

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to luminaries…

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to birdbaths…

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to fire pits…

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there is no limit to her creativity…

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I think she has truly found “the good water”…

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Bon Voyage Stephanie…

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