Gerald Tobola, a self-taught copper artist, specializes in the techniques of repoussé and chasing to create intricate and elaborate designs in functional home décor. Combining his woodworking skills with his copper designs, Gerald makes pieces reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Movement, especially with his recent development of the design “Grasslands.” Using primarily Texas hardwoods–fallen pieces of mesquite and manzeeneeta root –Gerald celebrates the beauty of the flora and fauna he so admires. Gerald mixes and experiments with colorful acid patinas to create the perfect finishing effect for his pieces.
Having started his second career after 28 years in the corporate world, Gerald has created somewhat of a commotion in the world of metalworking during his transition from hobby metalworker to full-time artist. His tools are simple, yet his designs intricate, recognizable and unique. Gerald’s lamps are his signature, combining his love of woodworking with his long search for the perfect lampshade. Gerald began working with copper when looking for a shade for a lamp base he had made. Not able to locate the shade he had in mind, Gerald created his first lampshade in 2001. Tobola has since opened a studio/storefront in beautiful Round Top, Texas.