Potter Art Metal Studios

For Four Generations, and more than 85 years, the Crest of the Potter family has been the inspiration of the finest metal artisans in the Southwest.

Potter Art Metal Studios, Inc. of Dallas has designed and wrought art metal products in iron, bronze, brass and aluminum which now grace thousands of homes and businesses throughout the United States. They take pride in their ability to design and produce truly unique items for homes from the most modest to the most elaborate.

If you happen to live in Dallas, TX, you have probably seen their ironwork throughout the city and might not have known about it. The Lakewood Clifford Hutsell and Charles Dilbeck's houses are adorned with their ironwork and lanterns. All the beautiful light fixtures at the Fair Park were also made by the Potter family. The enormous & beautiful art deco light fixtures in Down Town Dallas, the light fixtures at White Rock Lake, just about every beautiful church in the area, including Christ The King and Highland Park Methodist... the list just goes on and on. So next time you see a spectacular fixture or a piece of wrought iron, ask us about it; it's probably theirs!

Some of their current projects include an 11' tall by 6' wide solid brass Williamsburg style chandelier for University Park, in Dallas TX, and they just finished working on the Highland Park bridge rail on Beverly, in Dallas, TX.

I was honored to have Izabela Wojcik from the studio grant an interview.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I am an artist; I work mostly with bronze when it comes to sculpture, and I love to work with oils and acrylics for my paintings. I sort of stumbled upon Potter Art via a friend of mine, who owned a foundry in Dallas, TX. I thought that this would be a fabulous work environment... never the same thing twice. I love creating my artwork, but would never, ever, want to do all the running around and selling it... this way I can do what I love during my personal time and also do what I love during my work time; design all the beautiful pieces for all sorts of home styles... from Gothic to contemporary, and anything in-between. Richard Potter, the owner of Potter Art, has been doing this since he was a small child, working for his grandfather... I believe that he has spun his first piece of copper at the age of 11; and that is no small thing if you know anything about spinning metal.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Creating. Being able to listen to a client, who knows what they want, but has no idea how to express it on paper or sometimes even in words... asking some simple questions and turning out a drawing of exactly what they were looking for, or even something better then that; their eyes light up. Even cooler, is when they get to see the work in progress and after it's all done, to hear: "It's so much prettier than the drawing"

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
We like to surround ourselves with true artisans. The biggest challenges are not in the artistry, but in making sure that everything fits perfectly. When we build a stair case, we have to make sure that all the curves of our our rail will follow the curves of the stair case exactly... when we build light fixtures, we have to make sure that the gas outlet hole is placed correctly on the backplate, so that the light fixture hangs in an appropriate space... Designing a pretty piece of functional artwork is the easy part; making sure that it works properly definitely works out all the brain cells in all of our heads.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I think the fan chandelier; everyone wants a fan, but everyone thinks they're an eye sore. Plus, it's the coolest conversation piece, don't you think?

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I never knew who I wanted to be when I grew up... I was always worried about that; all of my friends had an idea; a doctor, a lawyer, this or that... I always made art, but never thought of it as a "job." Life moved on, I grew up and here I am; still playing.

What other shops out there do you love?
I have just found etsy... I am just getting the hang of it
The most adorable characters; put a smile on my face.

What does your future hold?
Hopefully everything good.

Visit Potter Art Metal Studios online where produce tomorrow's antiques as functional art for today. They are now available on Etsy as well! Currently they are featuring their Ceiling Fan Chandeliers, or "fandeliers." They're really pretty cool. Go see!