Nelles Studios

Nelles Studios For over three decades, Scott Nelles (NELL-ess) has been producing objects of beauty in cast bronze. From toys to candlesticks, his work displays a childlike playfulness, elegant design and superb control of his medium.
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Nelles Studios has been producing objects of beauty in cast bronze. From toys to candlesticks, Scott's work displays a childlike playfulness, elegant design and superb control of his medium. In his foundry and studio located in northern Michigan, Nelles is inspired by nature and industry. He uses the timeless methods of sand-casting and hand-finishing to create objects of beauty, strength and whimsy.

05/11/2020

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04/04/2020
Toy car video #2

To all my family, friends, and customers,

It is my fondest hope that you are all well and coping as well as you can with this current crisis. Our state governor has ordered all nonessential business to close. Although I have sent my helpers home, I am still working in my studio where I also live. I hope that we will all get back to work soon, because I’ve got some really cool new sculptures underway.

In the meantime, I’d like to ask you to think about all the crafts people out there, who depend on your support. The shows that many of us depend on have all been cancelled, so we need your help. The internet is our best tool today to be able to continue selling and pursuit of our craft.

Attached is the second video of how I make my toy car sculptures. In it I describe making a built-up model of the car body in polyester resin complete with the interior shapes. In the upcoming third video, I will show all the molds, patterns and tooling that is required just to make a Nelles cast car.


All of my items are available for sale on my webstore, or you may contact me directly at [email protected] or 231.264.5858

Casting an aluminum car by Scott Nelles

Timeline Photos
04/01/2020

Timeline Photos

03/05/2020
Toy Car Video 1

MAKING MY 49 MERC CAR

Over the years people have asked me how I make my fun cast metal art objects. I try to explain some of the basics but if I get too detailed, then I see a glaze come over their eyes and I lose them. In an attempt to show people my process and not bore them at the same time, I'm making a series of little videos that will explain some of the basics of developing and casting one of my toy cars. The first video shows how I sculpted a clay model, my 49 Merc car. I go onto describe making molds of the original clay model so I can cast a resin pattern of the car. I think that you'll find there is more to making these objects than you might imagine.

Please let me know how you like the videos and tell your friends!

How to make a cast aluminum toy car.

My latest products, cast bronze “mezuzah”#mezuzah #castbronze #judaica #newyorknow  @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
02/03/2020

My latest products, cast bronze “mezuzah”
#mezuzah #castbronze #judaica #newyorknow @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

My newest products, cast bronze “mezuzah”#judaica #castbronze #newyorknow #mezuzah  @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
02/03/2020

My newest products, cast bronze “mezuzah”
#judaica #castbronze #newyorknow #mezuzah @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

I made these cast aluminum city city boxes in 1987 but never produced them until now.  #cast aluminum #nynow #giftshow #...
02/03/2020

I made these cast aluminum city city boxes in 1987 but never produced them until now. #cast aluminum #nynow #giftshow #sandcast @ Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Tomorrow is international sculpture day. Get out, enjoy and appreciate.
04/26/2019

Tomorrow is international sculpture day. Get out, enjoy and appreciate.

03/15/2019
Dennos Museum Ad

We are honored to be a part of this juried expo. Stop in and vote for us if you're in the area!

Why yes ... yes we DO have Mondays in outer space!
03/12/2019

Why yes ... yes we DO have Mondays in outer space!

Do they even have Mondays in outer space? If don't, please take us with you! 😜 Elegant designs and stunning cast bronze sculptures by Nelles Studios

02/23/2019
All set up @craftcouncil. Stop by and see us this weekend! Booth 1014. #scottnelles #accshow #nellesstudios #baltimore #...
02/20/2019

All set up @craftcouncil. Stop by and see us this weekend! Booth 1014. #scottnelles #accshow #nellesstudios #baltimore #bronzier

The power of 3! We’re all set up in Baltimore. Stop by and see us at booth 1014! #nellesstudios #scottnelles #accshow #b...
02/20/2019

The power of 3! We’re all set up in Baltimore. Stop by and see us at booth 1014! #nellesstudios #scottnelles #accshow #bronzier @ Baltimore, Maryland

Hello from Philadelphia! Looking forward to seeing my wholesale customers Saturday-Monday, Feb 16-18! #americanhandcraft...
02/15/2019

Hello from Philadelphia! Looking forward to seeing my wholesale customers Saturday-Monday, Feb 16-18! #americanhandcrafted

Look!  We're on TV :-)  So grateful to be included in the Dennos Museum's 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibi...
02/06/2019

Look! We're on TV :-) So grateful to be included in the Dennos Museum's 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition. Stop in if you can!
February 3,2019 — May 5, 2019

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So happy to be here.  Stop in if you’re in town. I’m at booth #1042. #nynow  #retailrenaissancenynow #nellesstudios #sco...
02/04/2019

So happy to be here. Stop in if you’re in town. I’m at booth #1042. #nynow #retailrenaissancenynow #nellesstudios #scottnelles #bronzier

I just love it when my customers send me photos with their favorite Nelles Studios sculptures!  Thanks George Horbel!
01/28/2019

I just love it when my customers send me photos with their favorite Nelles Studios sculptures! Thanks George Horbel!

Meet my TANGO dancers! #tango #tctango #tangodancer  #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles
01/26/2019

Meet my TANGO dancers! #tango #tctango #tangodancer #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles

Specially polished ‘49 Merc & Aero Stream Trailer for Dennos Museum’s 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition...
01/25/2019

Specially polished ‘49 Merc & Aero Stream Trailer for Dennos Museum’s 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition. Feb 3 - May 5. #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles #dennosmuseum

The elves are hard at work! #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles #christmasgifts
12/20/2018

The elves are hard at work! #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles #christmasgifts

FREE SHIPPING for all orders placed on our ETSY store from now through December 17.Get those Christmas Presents ordered ...
11/21/2018
Scott Nelles Bronze Studios by Nelles

FREE SHIPPING for all orders placed on our ETSY store from now through December 17.
Get those Christmas Presents ordered NOW!

You searched for: Nelles! Discover the unique items that Nelles creates. At Etsy, we pride ourselves on our global community of sellers. Each Etsy seller helps contribute to a global marketplace of creative goods. By supporting Nelles, you’re supporting a small business, and, in turn, Etsy!

11/03/2018

Making progress on my Adirondack landscape. Check it out! #nellesstudios #bronzier #scottnelles #adirondacks

10/03/2018

Check this out! Working on a landscape for Lifatec, USA. I’ll add more as it progresses. I ❤️ what I do! #scottnelles #nellesstudios #landscape #adirondacks

Maybe you would like a little discount for our ETSY store?  Check this out!
10/03/2018
Scott Nelles Bronze Studios by Nelles

Maybe you would like a little discount for our ETSY store? Check this out!

You searched for: Nelles! Discover the unique items that Nelles creates. At Etsy, we pride ourselves on our global community of sellers. Each Etsy seller helps contribute to a global marketplace of creative goods. By supporting Nelles, you’re supporting a small business, and, in turn, Etsy!

I wish you were here!Booth 407 - Chicago Botanic Gardens
09/21/2018

I wish you were here!
Booth 407 - Chicago Botanic Gardens

There’s still time for a fall getaway!  Hop in my ‘49 Merc and Aero Stream Trailer!
09/06/2018

There’s still time for a fall getaway! Hop in my ‘49 Merc and Aero Stream Trailer!

Keep that camping vibe all year with this metal sculpture from local artist Nelles. Or a great gift for that Airstream enthusiast in your life!

Stacking up the Diners and Hot Rods! #diner #hotrod #bronzier #nellesstudios #scottnelles  @ Nelles Studios
08/29/2018

Stacking up the Diners and Hot Rods! #diner #hotrod #bronzier #nellesstudios #scottnelles @ Nelles Studios

We took the Land Speed Racer and kicked it up a notch! #nellesstudios #landspeedracer #bronzier #artdeco #scottnelles  @...
08/24/2018

We took the Land Speed Racer and kicked it up a notch! #nellesstudios #landspeedracer #bronzier #artdeco #scottnelles @ Nelles Studios

Sandcasting in bronze. A pulpit for my anchor. Starting with a wood pattern to rough castings to finished castings to fi...
07/27/2018

Sandcasting in bronze. A pulpit for my anchor. Starting with a wood pattern to rough castings to finished castings to final mounting on my boat.

Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies... we're outta here!
07/25/2018

Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies... we're outta here!

Having a great time at Krasl Art Fair in St Joseph.  So many talented artists! #scottnelles #kraslaf #sandcaster #bronzi...
07/14/2018

Having a great time at Krasl Art Fair in St Joseph. So many talented artists! #scottnelles #kraslaf #sandcaster #bronzier @ Silver Beach Pier

We won Peoples Choice! Thanks to all who participated in the voting process. It is such an honor.  I am looking forward ...
06/24/2018

We won Peoples Choice! Thanks to all who participated in the voting process. It is such an honor. I am looking forward to next years event.

AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Artists Scott Nelles of Elk Rapids, and Corey Van Duinen of Grand Rapids were named winners of the 2nd annual Experience Art Rapids!, a two week long juried showcase here of some 385 works of art by over 127 artists.

Nelles won the People’s Choice Award and $2,500 prize. His “Ferris Wheel” in aluminum and bronze was the pick of the hundreds of visitors who made this historic Grand Traverse Bayside village a must stop over the past two weeks.

Winning the top juried selection and $2,500 was Van Duinen’s “Narcissus in the Garden of Malcontent” in wood, the jurors’ pick from a pool of multiple finalists.

The select four Jurors’ Finalists who were each awarded $250 for their entries include:

· Franklin Delgado, “Eternity Descending Into Time”

· Kimber Bilby, “Bee Hives”

· Andrew Otis, “Fish Vessel”

· Colleen O’Rourke, “Worm’s Eye View”

Jurors also awarded three Honorable Mentions for superior work to:

· Scott Nelles, “Cityscape”

· Jacky Trimble, “12x4”

· Barbara Van Pelt, “Family Group”

People’s Choice finalists and $250 winners were:

· Franklin Delgado, “Eternity Descending Into Time”

· Mike Hyrman, “3D Illusion”

· Corey Van Duinen, “Narcissus In the Garden of Malcontent”

· Janelle Dahlberg, “Water Phenomena”

People’s Choice honorable mentions:

· Colleen O’Rourke, “Big Ass Nude”

· Elizabeth Iorio, “Summer Day, Elk Rapids Harbor”

· Franklin Delgado, “Inner Immensity (Agape)”

People’s Choice Body of Work:

· Kenneth Hershenson, “I DO Know Jack”

The selections were announced Saturday evening, June 23, at a private event hosted by the Art Rapids Committee, presenters of the event, at the Elk Rapids Town Hall.

Assessing the Art Rapids! committee’s staging a combination juried and People’s Choice Award exhibit, Laura Andersen, event chair, said she was very pleased with overall reaction. “We have had nothing but positive comments from our happy and growing core of artists. And our business community has again stepped up and provided varied viewing venues, to display art work, while welcoming show goers. We have lots of smiles around town. And I think that says it all….”

Joining artists at the reception were EAR! sponsors, business venue hosts, and the many volunteers who ensured the success of this summer’s second annual event.

ABOUT EXPERIENCE ART RAPIDS

In 2006 a group of arts minded citizens launched a single day summer art fair, that over the years, and thanks to a dedicated core of volunteers and supportive businesses, has grown to this year’s two-week long Experience Art Rapids! event.

“This is all about a mix of artists and businesses collaborating to bring people together to experience the richness of art and the talented artisans who create it,” notes Laura Andersen, Art Rapids board member and this year’s EAR! chair.

Artwork was viewed at various businesses and venues, as well as the popular beachfront Walk of Art Park, where newly installed sculptures were on display.

Since its inception, the Art Rapids organization has not only raised arts awareness, but they’ve provided higher education and scholarships to aspiring art students; given grants to teachers, schools and groups; organized art classes, and developed the Walk of Art outdoors sculpture park that is free to the public.

#artrapids #scottnelles #sculptor #bronzier
06/20/2018

#artrapids #scottnelles #sculptor #bronzier

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49629-0428

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Wondering if this is something from your studio?
A rare occurance never to be seen again. Two of my limited edition Ferris wheels in one place at one time. Number 8 and 10 are waiting to go to their new homes.
Ahhhhh!!! We got our spaceship!!!! Thank you Scott. It's a great piece for my collection!!! Thanks again for the tour too!!!
Safe landings in UK. Superb unique handmade items from Nelles Studios. Great guest service SUPER !!!! Spaceman meets Alien family, Both parties bonded well are now the best of pals. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/231979967/one-bronze-astronaut-spaceman
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