Artwork by KingFisher Designs - Don and Louise Coulson
As a former teacher, Louise Coulson contributes a strong sense of design, color and form to the team and Don, an engineer, uses his left-brain perspective to “make things work”. Together, they form the creative whole that has become Kingfisher Designs.
As members of Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, they are featured along with 39 other craftsmen in the 40th Anniversary of the Guild book, i am a craftsman: 40 at 40. These award winning artists exhibit at the National Ornamental Metals Museum, and have been invited to show in two Internationsl Exhibitions, A Holding Place: a Repository of Containers and Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. They are 2 time finalists for The Crafts Report cover.
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Their functional and ornamental metal work centers around hammers and fire. Using ancient techniques, copper, silver, bronze and gold are forged, folded and sculpted to create hollowware, flatware and jewelry.
They find that working with metal is an exercise in evolution. The more they ask of it, the more it seems to respond with a fluidity that is not apparent at the outset. Some pieces spring spontaneously from the hammer or torch, while others are revealed through modeling, sketching or experimentation.
While each piece is rooted in time-honored methods, the natural beauty of the materials and elements is an expression of the excitement of a new idea, design or technique. Their cauldron of creativity, craftsmanship and choice of materials is fired with a passion for the work. Each piece is a journey and every trip into the studio is an adventure!