Using traditional blacksmithing techniques, Minneapolis metal artist Lisa Elias creates functional sculptures for home and garden in an elegant, organic style that is inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century. Lisa draws on simple forms to create a wide range of objects including light fixtures, fireplace tools and screens, door knockers, railings, and items for the kitchen such as towel bars, trivets, and pot racks.
Originally trained as a glassblower, Lisa received her degree in commercial and studio art from the University of Minnesota. She studied with glass master Dale Chihuly at the Pilchuk Glass School in Washington. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country including the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina, Ohio Craft Museum, the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the University of Minnesota. She has taught workshops at her studio, at St. Cloud State University, and at The Art Institute of Chicago.
In April 2011, Lisa was featured on the tpt series MN Original. Watch the video here.
Lisa has completed several public commissions including 400 feet of fencing for a pedestrian bridge, part of the Loring Bikeway Project, along Interstate Highway 94 in Minneapolis. Other major installations include grills covering the stained glass windows in the Rotunda of the Minneapolis City Hall; “Forged Roots,” a public art bench at University and Raymond Avenues in St. Paul; patio gates and grillwork for Crema Café in Minneapolis; and interior grillwork in the lobby bar of the St. Paul Hotel.
The artist welcomes inquiries about custom work. Please contact The Grand Hand Gallery for more information.