blacksmith shop. Oleg Shyshkin do the sculpture.
Oleg Shyshkin in his blacksmith studio. Process of creation of wrought iron sculpture. Decorative arch for project "Ukrainian Spring". 2004

"The beauty in working with metal is creating pieces that read well from afar and up close."



architectural wrought iron urn.
Architectural wrought iron urn. Detail of a facade. Hand drawing by Oleg SWhyshkin

"Blacksmithing is an intuitive process that requires a great deal of physical work and even more creativity and patience"



Metal made decorative sculptural armillary "Diana". armillar
Sculptural fountain Diana". Hand drawing by Oleg Shyshkin. The idea of project :wrought iron armillary, with statue of Diana from copper or stainless steel. Whole composition is functionally armillary. : wrought iron armillary

I did not use a computer program to make sketches for the job. Pencil and paper will  still be around for a long time because the hand - sketched drawing contains part of the artist's soul, just like the hand-forged work it initiates. Forging always conceals in its mystery that the blacksmith is a magician, healer and sage. Because the blacksmith uses iron, water, air and fire - the four original earth elements - all universes are fitted on one small forge...



wrought iron gates and railing. design by Oleg Shyshkin
Decorative wrought iron interior gates and railing. Hand drawing by Oleg Shyshkin.

 In conclusion, I would like to say the following: A good product always comes with a good client. If the client trust you and does not give you advice or wishes, does not give a dead-line, and does not attempt to argue the price, it is best. Nobody has to to know how quickly or slowly the piece was made, only that it looks good. 

Oleg Shyshkin, Senior Art Director.