Coe is a sculptural metalsmith who works in bronze. Using traditional
blacksmithing methods, he forges and hammers bronze to create grand
gates, chandeliers, furniture, human and animal figures, and other
one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. He began studying traditional
blacksmithing methods while an apprentice restorer, wheelwright,
and smith at Yosemite National Park's Pioneer History Center. Coe
opened his Berkeley studio in 1984 to combine his technical training
in the metalworking disciplines with his interest in interpreting
classical designs and showing forged bronze at its full potential.
A lifelong mountaineer and world traveler, his artistic inspiration
comes from his fascination with nature and from his encounters with
traditional artisans in far-flung corners of the globe.
has been featured in This Old House, Elle Decor,
and other magazines. His work appears in hotels, restaurants,
offices, Napa Valley wineries, and in the homes of private collectors
from San Francisco to New York to Europe.