Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Don Esser


I have often found that letting the artist explain his craft is the most rewarding explanation of all.


So it is with Don Esser: Blacksmith, Metal Artist, and Sculptor.


Since 1976, using hammer and anvil, I’ve been pounding, twisting, and shaping hot metal.


As a self-taught artist, my approach to life and art has always had an element of fearlessness to it. From childhood on, art has always been a natural, joyful part of my life.


There is a fluid lightness to my work partly because I’m enjoying making it and partly because, after so many years, I have learned the language of my materials.


I try to capture the essence in as few lines as possible, with a sense of fluidity and grace that can be achieved working in the forge.


It is a little like stealing fire from the gods and my goal is to put a bit of that sense of wonder into each piece I make.

That playful quality in my work also means that most of my pieces are one of a kind. 

Breaking the Tape

People often ask, “How long does it take you to make it?”


My answer is, “36 years of practice, 50-plus years of training, and a lifelong desire to make art.”


More of Don Esser’s remarkable work can be found at Steel Wool Studio (

3 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Don Esser

    1. Thank YOU! I love his work. He has a goat statue made of knives that I’m trying to get an image of — I saw it in person at the Fair Around the Square in Madison, WI in July, and it was the goat who caught my eye.


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