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Bernard Collins
 

Born in the Burgundy region of France, Bernard combines European and American craftsmanship and influence.  Each metal art piece is individually handcrafted with focus on quality and originality to please the soul as well as the eye. Bernard began his journey with metal crafting at a young age and has always been fascinated how a hard, cold material such as metal can become a timeless treasure with hard work and imagination.  While he studied technical ironwork in Macon, France, Bernard is a self-taught artist and designer.  In the years to come his natural artistic abilities guided him in his exploration of metalwork where the beautiful natural setting of Burgundy served as inspiration for many of his first designs. Bernard uses his skills of intricate hand-held plasma cutting (a tiny electrical flame followed by a flow of compressed air) as well as delicate forging to develop a quiet confidence for an artful collection.  Bernard's breathtaking array of art is uniquely diverse, from intensely forged tables such as the ones inspired by the temples of Angkor Wat, to the light and whimsical work of forged railings and gates, to wall art, lighting, furnishings, home and garden sculptures of primitive or botanical inspiration.  His work adorns many homes and gardens as well as the numerous commissioned work he has created for businesses, public buildings and squares throughout both the US and Europe. Bernard and his wife Mary met in the late 1970's in Burgundy, at his family's Bed and Breakfast 'La Boutière'.   Over the past 25 years they have divided their time between California and France.  During this time they were fortunate to have adopted their two children, Jules and Jessie, from Cambodia.  His grown daughter Cécile resides in Paris. While keeping  their home and studio in Burgundy, Bernard continues to develop and expand his artistry in California.  His journey continues... Plasma-cutting Sculpting Forging Bernard's designs often have a botanical/organic influence and marry well with either rustic or sophisticated interiors. Old world craftsmanship is not a thing of the past.....  



 

 


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