James Yesberger is a metalsmith working in bronze and silver; designing his pieces in a classic manner, and at the same time including a sense of humor. "To use restraint is sometimes difficult, but my clients are more likely to have their expectations fulfilled when a design has some meaning that they can identify with, and an object that has significance, also has worth." Every piece begins with a pencil sketch and most of the design problems are solved on paper. Next, the design is carved in a stiff wax. Now the piece goes to the foundry and is transformed into bronze or silver by the "lost wax method" of casting. Back in the studio, the piece is polished and colored to achieve the beautiful patinas pictured on the Portfolio pages. Striving for order and good workmanship, each piece is finished inside as well as out. Picture frames are finished front and back, and many hold a picture on both sides. "When a client tells me that my work will be displayed with pride and pleasure, I am satisfied that my own criteria have been met, and the piece is unique."
James can create the perfect piece for any purpose, including: