Jim and Marilyn Downs
About the Artists
We have 30 years experience metal smithing and design.
We use Bronze, Copper, German Silver, Sterling Silver, 10k and 14k gold.
Jim graduated metallurgy in 1967. He studied the different metal alloys and fusion processes. Always fascinated by metal working, Jim made his first bracelet from scrap bronze. He had been commissioned by an oil company to build a miniature derrick in bronze for the cover of the stock holder’s annual report. It was with that scrap Jim made his first bracelet.
And, as they say, "the rest is history".
Jim married Marilyn had 2 children and taught them all to love and appreciate the different metals.
They have been creating beautiful pieces full-time since 1981. After the death of Jimmy in 2010 Marilyn and Lori have been running the business. Larry Rankin, Kathy Allen, Peggy Watson Coffee, Brandon Rees, Kolton Downs, Sara Schauer & Dahn Devlaeminck are all integral assets to our business. You may have seen them at some of the Art Shows.
We have done the top Art shows in the Pacific Northwest.
Our story starts with Jim Downs who crafted his first bracelet in 1981 from scrap metal left from the statue he was sculpting. His knowledge about metals launched him into a lifelong career of sculpting metal into durable pieces to wear.
He taught his wife, Marilyn to weld and she still leads Lori Downs, Carole Zacher, and Larry Rankin, Brandon Rees, Stephanie Rees, Kolton Downs, Peggy Watson Coffee, Kathy Allen, & Sara Schauer as they design ,sculpt, and market each piece of art. Before Jim passed away in 2010 he made distinct impressions on all of us and also on thousands of customers about metal and art. Today we carry on that tradition in a standard of rich cultural philosophy that continues to bring joy to our customers.
About 90% of our items sold are truly one of a kind pieces. About 70% of our items sold are sold to previous customers. It gives us great pleasure to know that we continue to meet the expectations of our customers. We do not engage in wholesale business and those who purchase art from us are our friends. We wouldn’t have it any other way.