The Metalwork of Kathleen and Richard Imlach

The Imlach’s are metal sculptors who combine the timeless art of blacksmithing with modern metal fabricating technology. Wildly creative, the Imlach’s bring metal to life in familiar images of people, animals, and other creatures. Their pieces are collaborative works that many times get their inspiration from found metal objects. These refound metals often become key focal points in their work. The Imlach’s also produce architectural pieces such as railings, gates, furniture, and fireplace screens and take custom orders. They have studied blacksmithing and metalworking throughout California and New Mexico.

Kathleen and Richard are owner operators of Steel Dog Metalworks located in historic downtown Sonora at 346B West Jackson Street. Their studio has a gallery which is open by chance or appointment by calling (209) 532-1520 or 770-5795. Their works have also been on display at various galleries and wineries in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties as well as in Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. They have been heavily involved in the conception and organization of the Sonora Art Trails Open Studio Tour and are a participating studio during that annual May event.