Susan & Greg Hessel
Susan and Greg are copper enthusiasts and their work is spectacular. Their designs are produced in a studio in northern California with the help of several apprentices each having many years of metalworking experience. Every piece is hand wrought, having its own eccentricities which adds to the beauty as well as the value. All are engraved on the underside of the base with the title of the design as well as stamped with the Hessel mark.
Hand forging copper involves a lot of heat and hammering. After going over the surfaces numerous times with high heat torches and different hammers, the desired shape and texture is achieved. The Hessels combine techniques and tools from both wrought iron and jewelry traditions to create design of an interesting organic quality