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“About 10 years ago, I decided to buy a welder…. A friend gave me the basics; showed me how to turn it on, how not to get electrocuted, & so forth… The next few months were full of frustration, learning, tears, a few small fires, & lots of “experiments.” The search for inexpensive metals to practice on eventually led me to the local salvage yards where I discovered a whole new world, full of industrial inspiration & new possibilities… I was immediately drawn to the gears, bearings, pipes, chains, etc: especially the big heavy ones, covered in grease! Eventually, the guys at the salvage yards stopped giving me weird looks & started pointing out the cool stuff right when I walked in (the cool stuff that no one else wants : )

From there, it’s grown; bigger & heavier pieces of steel & gears: larger sculptures & public art projects, gallery shows, events & on & on...  I've made jewelry, furniture, garden art & all kinds of custom projects...

A few years ago, Josh joined the team & soon after the trophies really took off: they have become the main focus, along with custom signs & other projects when we have time.  And we are having a blast; each project is unique & we continue to experiment with design & materials to keep our pieces unique.   We have got to make pieces for some really cool people & companies; I'm grateful for this little niche we just stumbled into: you can read the whole story on the Trophies page.

Also the story of how Tonya joined the team is on the Bridal Boutique page : )

Looking forward to new possibilities & lots more creative designs moving forward; things are evolving & its exciting : )


J. Amber Conger

The work of metal sculptor Amber Conger has been described as bold, strong, thought provoking, & beautiful.  Her use of reclaimed materials & found objects goes far beyond simply recycling:  objects & materials are transformed into works of art that are completely unique.   Amber’s signature industrial style is infused with history, imagination, & beauty; she somehow re-works materials such as steel, concrete,  & cables into sculpture that keeps an industrial edge, while being softened with feminine lines & curves.   Amber’s work ranges from small-scale, intimate pieces to monumental sized outdoor sculpture.   Steel is the main building component of most of her pieces, & she scours the local scrap yards for building components—using salvaged materials whenever possible.    Copper, stainless steel, glass, stone, & concrete are also common in her work, along with urban artifacts, found objects, & recycled “treasures.”

Exhibitions

Eagle Sculpture Invitational 2014
RawArtists Showcase Boise: May, June, & August 2013
Cafe D'Arte, Boise, ID 2012
Cafe Capri Coffee Boise, ID 2011
ArtiZen Gallery McCall, ID 07-12
Galerie Belle Ame Eagle, ID 08-10
The Green Antelope Bellevue, ID 08/09
Gallery at Hyde Park Boise, ID 2008
Foxtrot Style Boise, ID 2008
Blue Heron Interiors McCall, ID 2007
Jackson Art Fair, Jackson, WY 2007
Capital City Public Market Boise, ID 06/07

Commissions


Idaho Botanical Garden-Courtyard Fountain 2012
NASCAR American Warrior 300 Trophy 2012
Boise World Trade Center Memorial 2012
Julius Kliener Memorial Park-landmarks 2012
Hobble Creek Park Project City of Boise 2011
AGC Entry Wall 2010
“Origin” City of Meridian 2009
“Windows in Time” City of Boise 2008
“Zen” Scrap Concrete Series A20 Fitness-Boise, ID 2008
“Reclaimed Concrete Benches” Galerie Belle Ame-Eagle, ID 2008
“Construction” Wall Art Collection McAlvain Construction-Boise, ID 2008
“Guardian” Eagle Bench-Mark Project City of Eagle 2007
“Silk & Steel Powder Room” Idaho Media, Corp-Boise, ID 2006


Awards

2012 Semi-Finalist Boise RAWards
2012 Nominee for Best Local Artist-I Am Fusion Awards
2008 IDI Chair Affair Best Recycled Materials Design Award
2008 Recycled Art Show Best in Show/People’s Choice Award



Press

Zone 4 Magazine 2013
Fusion Magazine Spring 2013
MaryJanesFarm Magazine Oct 2012
Meridian Magazine 2009 Moving in the Right Direction…
Idaho Statesman 2009 Cities Want Art to Define Them
C2 Canyon County Magazine 2006 Art with Metal & Muscle
HGTV-That’s Clever! 2006 Episode 346-featured making Bird Feeder & Biz Card Holder
Kitchen & Bath Design News 2006 Bath Report-Silk & Steel Powder Room
McCall Magazine 2006 Idaho Showcase Home-Silk & Steel Powder Room




We have a small studio on the outskirts of S. Boise.  Open by appointment for tours, lessons on occasion.  Please contact us by email: refinerii@yahoo.com
if you are interested in discussing a custom project or in one-to-one lessons.  We will give you the tour & introduce you to the ducks, chickens, & cats ; )