Beryl Wells Hamilton has been an artist since 1977. She is a master metal-worker (after working in stainless steel for thirty years, everything else comes easy!) and has built many large and small sculptures in steel, bronze, brass, copper, and stainless steel.
She worked as assistant and partner with well-known Midwest sculptor Charles Huntington for many years, assisting him in the fabrication of sculptures as large as 20 feet tall, and displayed all over the Midwest, including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and General Mills in Minneapolis, MN.
From 1978-1983, Beryl taught bronze casting and welding at the Art Center of Minnesota in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Beryl has participated in artist-in-residence programs in area schools and local parks. Her work is represented in private and public collections.
Beryl loves her Celtic roots, which gives her a love for loopy things and teeny tiny details. She has created a series of Celtic lluminated Manuscript pieces in the style of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Beryl lives in Meadowlands, Minnesota, with her cats, George and Elsa, and her partner, Clyo Howard, who is a potter. They have established their business together as Meadowlands Studio, LLP and are very busy building work and selling it in art shows and festivals throughout Minnesota.
Beryl and Clyo like taking long walks in the woods, birdwatching, collecting wild berries for making jam, mushrooming, and gardening. They love exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais.
Beryl's copper works are inspired by her love for animals and her love for water that moves. Her stainless steel sculptures are inspired by the beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore, prairie landscapes and wildlife. In December, 2012 she installed a large outdoor public sculpture at the new Mother Baby Center at Abbot Northwestern Hospital/Children's Hospital at 26th and Elliot Ave So. in Minneapolis.
If you would like to contact me about any of my work (or just to say hello), I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These animal sculptures are such a joy to make. I make them out of copper, which is cut, brazed together, and treated with a bronze patina, then lacquered to preserve the finish. These are mounted on hewn-wood slabs that have been finished and treated with shellac. I've worked in bronze, stainless steel and steel, but copper is my favorite metal to work in. You can see much more of my work on my web sites: www.copperwaterfall.com and www.etsy.com/shop/meadowlandsstudio. I would be happy to make any of these animals, or any animal for that matter, in any size, so if you would like to special order something, feel free to send me an email. Thank you!