About Us

I found my creative medium and just went with it.

Life is full of twists and turns. In the summer of 2009, I was looking for a windmill to decorate a spot in my front yard. One thing lead to another, and with just a couple of tools and some salvaged sheet copper, I ended up making that windmill and much more. I became obsessed with the beauty and versatility of copper: how it can be shaped, fastened, patterned, and the forgiving quality of the metal. After receiving a Best of Show award at the 2010 Utah State Fair for my work, I decided to start making jewelry.

Creating wearable art is always on my mind. Jewelry pieces are little sculptures. Imagination, skill, material and (on some occasions) design combine to form something that is greater than the sum of its parts. I'm motivated by making something for someone. When someone asks me to create a piece especially for them, a connection is made, and I feel a responsibility to maintain the trust someone has in me and my work.

So, what started out as a little landscaping project has turned into a full-time occupation. Now, I have  customers all over the world, summer craft markets, wholesale accounts, and a great feeling every time my work is picked over the millions of choices people have. I don't even consider it work, I get too much enjoyment from the whole process.

Many thanks to my customers, and all the help and support I have gotten from my wife and daughters. They have been my best source of advice, critiques, product testing and help in so many ways.  
                                                                                     
Other Online shops
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thecopperphoenix  (opened Nov 22, 2010)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CopperPhoenixDesigns  (opened June 5, 2012)  
                                                                               
Contact me at fred@thecopperphoenix.com or call 801-703-1425          
                                                                                          
Fred Wilhelmsen
6325 So. Vinecrest Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121