Shannon Macklin began making water fountains in 1977
after doing other types of metal sculpting. His interest
in metals and the use of a torch came while attending classes
for diesel mechanics
at a vocational school in Port Angeles, WA.
While learning to weld, his interest in sculpting developed.
He began doing very small figures from scrap metals and progressed
to larger wall decorations. His first attempt at a fountain was so
successful, he turned all his skills and attention to producing different
styles and sizes. Shannon's skills and artistic style are all self taught
through trial and error.
Since 1977, Shannon has worked solely as an artist and traveled
extensively throughout the United States doing art shows. He does
ongoing custom fountains for private homes and commercial properties
and also wholesales copper fountains and copper garden stakes to a
broad base of retail art galleries and shops. All designs are originals,
handcrafted, and new designs are always being produced at his workshop with the help of his wife, Gail.