Jill Torberson: Weld Metal Works

Featherweight - Using Steel in Design

Website: Jill TorbersonWeld Metal Works

I will talk about the structural integrity of steel, and how it allows the fabricator to create solid and visually interesting objects that appear delicate and light in form. This is a re-occuring theme in my steelwork, as I reject the idea that steel has to be heavy and massive in interpretation. I will also discuss my design influences.

Jill Torberson is an artist, educator, and musician from Portland, Oregon. Jill works in steel, creating custom ironwork for homes throughout the metro area.

Aside from her gallery shows, Jill has several commissions involving custom steel fabrication for residences in the Portland area. She is a licensed contractor, and creates custom gates, trellises, fences, railings, fireplace mantels and screens, as well as site-specific art for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. Public work includes commissions from Portland general Electric, The Maryhill Museum of Art, and most currently the Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park.

Jill is a musician, and plays the horn in several groups in Portland, including the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Festival Symphony, and the Northwest Horn Orchestra.

Jill serves an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. She works in the School of Architecture, teaching metal shop skills to the students in the school of architecture.