About Cobb

Copper Frog Sculpture - Cobb GalleryAndy Cobb’s unique copper art is owned and enjoyed by clients around the country. He is particularly renowned for his large-scale, fanciful frog sculptures which are displayed in creative ways both indoors and outdoors. He also produces exquisite copper sculptures of birds, fishes and other animals with an uncommon level of skill and artistry.

Custom Copper Sculptures

  • Large-Scale Frogs, Birds, Fishes and Animals
  • Existing Designs or Custom Commissions
  • Created One at a Time, One Client at a Time
  • From $500 – $5000

 

J A Cobb

A man who takes his whimsy very seriously

Once this metal sculptor traded in his three piece suits and starched shirts for jeans and a T-shirt, he never glanced back. He found a life he loves. One where five and six foot frogs in tutus and tuxedos are the norm and his graceful herons and realistic fish sculptures dot the gardens and homes throughout the United States, England and Canada. This world is far from what Cobb envisioned after graduating with a degree in business from the University of North Carolina, but one he has embraced with both his heart and soul.

“I gave the world of corporate business twenty one good years and now I’m taking the rest just for me…….and the whole cast of characters that keep showing up in my mind clamoring to be made into three dimensional copper form.”

What started as a hobby, now keeps Cobb hopping six days a week to keep up with demand. He began by making realistic game fish out of copper sheet and learned to coax the iridescent colors from the metal using the heat of his oxy acetylene torch, much like using a paint brush. From the spots of a speckled trout to the stripes and varied colors of a full sized Blue Marlin, Cobb’s accurate realism made him regionally well known when just a novice.

Cobb lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, an historic town, wedged between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean with his wife JoEtta and their rescue Westie, Cooper. Their water front home is surrounded by long legged shore birds making the graceful herons a natural subject matter for his sculptures. Every detail is hand hammered into these breathtaking, full sized birds. On completion of the metal work, he forces a natural patina on the copper using a precise formula that gives the bird realistic color that will last as long as the sculpture itself.

Copper Frog Sculptor - Andy Cobb Gallery

And Then came the frogs.

The first large whimsical frog was patterned after Old Toad from the book, The Wind and the Willows. He wore a vest and morning coat and carried a brass oil lamp. Cobb fashioned five more large frogs for his first one man show in Wilmington North Carolina. This first show also included many copper fish, birds, crabs, shrimp and sea turtles; thirty pieces in all. The show sold out in two weeks sending Cobb scampering back to his studio to try and manage this new career that had just been launched.

Cobb hand draws each piece, then cuts them from sheets of copper. They are then hammered and folded into the desired shape much like origami. The pieces are assembled with a brazing process of solid copper, usually around a steel armature to give the sculpture the strength to last for many generations. Last comes the finish, either from a chemically forced patina or a colorful pattern coaxed from the metal using the heat.

Cobb is now often referred to as the “Frog Man” due to the hundreds of whimsical, reptilian sculptures he has built for people throughout the country. “I once wondered if and when I would ever be considered a serious artist. I now realize I’m serious all right, serious about my whimsy. I get several calls and letters each week from people telling me that one of my sculptures made them smile or laugh. What more could anyone ever ask for.”

If you have questions or would like to commission your own copper sculpture, please call Andy at 910-617-2195 or email him at jcobb1@ec.rr.com.