Marian Ives graduated from the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on metalsmithing and jewelry. As a metalsmith she is willing to take on unusual and challenging projects. Besides weathervanes—both traditional and imaginative—she has worked on a number of projects including an electronic musical wind instrument called the Lyricon.
Since 1972 Ives has made the creation of custom copper weathervanes her primary focus. Although her work most often adorns homes and barns in the New England area, many now have popped up across the country.
About thirty years ago she also started making ornaments. Every year she likes to come up with new and interesting ideas for them.
Her life-long love for birds and wildlife is easy to see in her work (which many feature any sort of animal—including a custom job made to resemble a golden lobster. Of course, most of her work is custom commissions. She enjoys helping people bring their ideas to life.
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