Winter 2017 -Welcome to MetalShop 33!

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My name is Christopher Erney, I have a sculpture studio at the Torpedo Factory called MetalShop33, located three miles south of Washington, DC on the waterfront in Alexandria, VA.

I create custom dimensional artwork in many materials, but primarily in stainless steel.  If you want color, I have pieces that are mounted to painted wood panels as well as the ability to add a transparent layer of color directly on the stainless steel so that metal shine and optical effects still shows through.

(Above) There’s always pre-made artwork for sale, but you can also have something custom made. Please call or email me to go over your project idea:

Email ChrisErney@yahoo.com
Call (703) 362-4416
And feel free to take a virtual studio tour!

Sharks! and Scuba Divers

I have new Sharks! made of stainless steel featuring a heat-treated iridescent “blu-ing” of the steel along their top fins.  The Shark! now comes in three sizes: 18 inches, 36 inches and 60 inches long.  They are made from heavy-weight stainless steel and are clear-coated so they are suitable for display indoors or outdoors.  They hang from one perfectly placed hole.

Mermaids

These new stainless steel mermaids have really been a hit with visitors! They come in two sizes, the small size (12″ High)  the large size (24″ High).  The mermaids feature heat-treated hair and fish tail parts. These can sit on a table or shelf inside your home or decorate a garden wall or patio outside since they are protected with a 10-year clear-coat.

Rockfish
New for 2017 are some really great looking striped sea bass -also known as “Stripers” or “Rockfish” they are available in 28 inch and 36 inch long sizes.  They catch the light and their color changes from light to dark depending on your viewing angle. The photo below shows the pair together with an identical silver finish -you can see the dramatic light/dark change in the color of the stainless steel from different angles.

 

Crab Season!
Blue crabs and Horseshoe crabs have taken over the MetalShop!  Blue Crabs are made from heavy-weight stainless steel and the Horse Shoe Crabs made from aged copper.  These make a great gifts!

NEW Project Update
The latest project I am working on reached an important milestone.  The sculpture “Potomac Harvest” was enlarged, sculpted in clay and delivered to the Laran foundry near Philadelphia for casting in bronze.  This sculpture depicts a fisherman pulling a net.  The net will be fashioned in my studio out of stainless steel and attached to the finished bronze sculpture onsite.  The style of my sculpture is inspired by the WPA artwork of the 1930s, representing a time period when teams of people were  actively fishing -pulling half mile long nets along the Alexandria waterfront.

Example of Diego Rivera WPA mural:

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