Elaine and Bill Snell have been married for 20 years and work as a team to create their metal artwork in Greenville S.C.
Most of Elaine and Bill’s work to date has been done using natural mild steel and a plasma cutter.
A piece begins with an idea and sketches that explore form, composition, and detail.
As the idea is refined, the sketches are combined into a single line drawing that ultimately becomes the pattern for the final piece.
The intricate detail that characterizes their work must be carefully planned in advance to survive the intense heat of the cutting process.
Too fine and the detail simply burns away, too coarse and the delicacy is lost.
It is maintaining this balance between the material and the torch that shapes the final piece.
Each designs fiery origins are left very much in evidence, giving each piece a unique appearance.
Each piece is hand finished and coated with an acrylic clear coat.
Elaine and Bill first took their work to market in early 2003, and the on-going creation and evolution of this line has been and continues to be fun, challenging, and interesting.
Elliott Metal Works metal art is now sold in catalogs and in galleries across the United States.