Jeff Bell combines art and metalworking to create amazing, life-like sculptures in his Kennett Square workshop, writes John Chambless for the Chester County Press.
Bell, 63, is a highly respected member of the blacksmiths and artists club in Chester County. His work includes the fountain at the Creamery in Kennett Square and the swan weathervane at the Luther House in Jennersville.
Bell’s interest in art began early. In high school, he took some auto-body classes that led him to open a shop in Avondale. Over time, though, he grew tired of just working on cars. He eventually sold the shop, and began creating metal flowers out of copper. He sold them at craft shows.
Soon after, Bell was asked to build a gate for a customer, and it set him on a path toward a new career of creating custom railings and gates.
His designs are famous for their intricate detail, such as climbing vines on the handrail and laced flowers climbing the gates, all of which create a feeling of life and motion in his work.
“I’ve seen guys try to copy me. But I can tell they don’t go out and look at nature like I do,” said Bell.
Read more about Jeff Bell in the Chester County Press here.