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Curtis Jere * Metalwork Artist

Curtis Jere is a metalwork artist of wall sculptures and household accessories.  Their works are made and marketed by the corporation Artisan House. Curtis Jere is a compound nom-de-plume of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. The two founders combined pieces of their own names to create the Curtis Jere signature.  The founders of Artisan House, Jerry Fels and his brother-in-law Curtis Freiler, started Artisan House in 1964 with the intention of providing original high gallery quality metal art for the masses. The name “Curtis Jere was created by simply combing their two first names Curtis and Jer.

 

 

The creative half of the duo was Jerry Fels, As head designer for Artisan House in the early days he is the person that people like to think of as “Curtis Jere. Indeed, in a 2007 interview with Mr. Fels published in Modernism Magazine shortly before his death the article read in part, “Jerry Fels, California Artisan House’s longtime design director and president, is the ‘real’ Curtis Jere, the elusive but influential metal artist. Renewed interest is being shown in Curtis Jere’s handcrafted wall and table sculptures, lamps and table bases which capture the mood of California making the works among the most collectible mid-century decorative pieces presently.

 

 

Curtis and Jerry sold Artisan House in 1972 but Jerry stayed on as head designer for several years. By 1978 another designer was creating many of the favorite Curtis Jere designs that we so know like this like this fantastic mirror made like a piece of jewelry, metal polishing and unique finishes.

 

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