Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Dragon's Rest Working Studios, Gallery & Dragon Iron Forge
Twila and Tony Austin

Forgeworks; Sculpture; Ceramics; Jewellery

Artists/Artisans Twila and Tony Austin of Dragon's Rest Working Studios, Gallery & Dragon Iron Forge, forge their creative magic on the banks of mystical Mark Creek in Kimberley, BC, the heart of the East Kootenay. They work in metal, wood, clay and sumi-e, from one-of-a kind commissions and traditional Japanese Noh masks to public sculpture.

Twila works in precious metals, wood and ceramics. Her "Mermaid Tears" earrings and pendants are always in demand. Twila's hand-built ceramics take on a vibrant life of their own as they emerge from her kiln.

Tony works in forged steel, wood, sumi-e and watercolour. His training in Japanese brushwork is revealed in the strong lines and subtle curves of his forge work, from traditional blacksmithing and architectural iron to repousage, sculpture and jewellery. Tony's flame-coloured forgeworks and sculptural pieces create a visual feast.

The Austin's works are also available at the Marysville Artisans Shop, 548 304th Street, Marysville, BC and you can enjoy their public sculptures: Cranbrook Ed (historic circus elephant) in Cranbrook, BC; The Lost Salmon (three chinook salmon leaping a steel waterfall) in James Chabot Provincial Park, Invermere, BC; Coming Home (seven westslope cutthroat trout) at Marysville Eco Park, Marysville, BC; and The Sullivan Mine Commemorative Public Sculpture (three historic miners drilling) at the west end of the Platzl in Kimberley.

Contact: Twila and Tony Austin
Phone: 250-427-3599, 866-822-2296
Venue type: A (I am an artist at my own studio.)
Wheelchair accessible? No (Accessible meaning doors at least 32" wide, no threshold more than 1" high and no stairs or an elevator/lift available.)
Business hours outside of the Culture Tour are: Regular business hours.
Monday – Saturday 1:30 – 5 pm
Note: Copyright ownership of images on this site remains with the creator of the work/image. Permission has been given for this use of images by the Culture Tour, but if you wish to reproduce ANY images you see on this site you must contact the owner of the image directly for permission.
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35 Ross St., Kimberley

Map Code: 82 (View 2017 CBCT Map)

Directions: Go west from stoplight, enter at "No Exit" sign; go to the end, we are up Mark Creek

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