About the Artists
rustbirdmodern is a design studio located in Richmond, VA. We create wall art, sculpture and furniture using
organic elemental materials in steel, copper, wood and vitreous kiln fired glass.
Kim Eubank and Jonah Green have designed a body of metalwork highlighting the juxtaposition between the industrial and elemental nature of raw steel and the translucent properties of kiln fired enamel. The steel combined with the depth and transparency of the glass enamel creates a modern aesthetic which is rustic yet refined.
Jonah cuts the 20 gauge steel by hand and Kim fires the vitreous glass enamel in a 1500 degree kiln. Each original steel panel begins as a 4x8 flat sheet of steel, which is hand cut then fold formed on an 8 foot, 2000 lb, roofer's brake. Jonah uses a MIG welder to weld the seams of the panel. He grinds the seams and they both sand and seal the steel with a UV protective coating. Occasionally, Kim & Jonah will force weather the steel using a natural method which results in a warm patina and neutral canvas for the colorful glass enamel.
Kim sifts enamel through hand cut stencils adding an additional layer of composition and visual interest. The process of kiln firing creates a grayish black scale grounding the negative space and further highlighting the depth and color of the enamel. She fires the glass on both steel and copper in a small paragon kiln at temperatures ranging from 1200-1500 degrees F.
Their artwork can be hung indoors or outside.
Jonah is a professional designer and builder by trade and Kim is a professional artist that has 25 years experience creating in multiple materials; jewelry, glass and enameled copper, painting, linocut and block printmaking. Our collaborative work will be available at the top juried art shows in the country as well as by custom order. Serious wholesale and corporate art installation inquires welcome.
Thank you for supporting independent artists and their families. We live and work in Richmond, VA in two studio garages behind our 1920's cottage. Check out the blog for a look into our studios and kids and dogs and living our lives as professional makers of art.