COMMISSIONS & CUSTOM WORK

An acclaimed sculptor of wire, wood, metal, and stone, Ryan creates custom, handmade commissions across a range of price points and budgets. Many clients provide an important stone or object to add an emotional connection to the piece of art. Adding features like a plaque or treasured item inspires clients to have a special connection to the work.

This page contains some of Ryan’s latest works, commissions, and exhibits. Contact Ryan for information about custom commissions, shows, or any other request.

“What I love about creating a custom piece is that it inspires and challenges me. Coming up with new and different methods and ideas to give clients a truly special and unique piece is very rewarding as a self-taught artist.”

— Ryan Kelley


Gloucester Laundry Tree

Commissioned by a client in Gloucester, Massachusetts, this welded steel rod tree was installed into the counter top of the client’s laundry room. The steel is waxed to protect the metal and the clothing. From start to finish, this piece took approximately 50 hours to create. Templating and creating a perfect mock-up of the space in Kelley’s studio was incredibly important. The tree couldn’t have been installed properly without a perfect fit.


Friends of Newburyport Trees

Donor Recognition Installation

FoNT commissioned Ryan to create a large public donor recognition art piece to be installed on the Newburyport Rail Trail. Made of self weathering steel and stainless steel, more donor leaves will be added every year! Information can be found on the Friends of Newburyport Trees Facebook page or at www.fontrees.org.

Huge thank you to Cassidy Brothers Forge for their help with the programming and water jetting!

Photos by Kate Donovan Photography


Rupert A. Nock Middle School 2017 Fall Play

"Lord of the Flies" 

In collaboration with Mike Pirollo, a theater teacher at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School, Ryan helped to design and build a lush and exotic deserted island in which the students performed. Included in the set were a crashed plane, multiple fires with smoke, and the "beast". Working with Mike was an artistic dream, building on ideas and bringing them to life in a medium Ryan hadn't worked in yet. 

Check out Mike's incredible design work on his website:  

https://www.mlpid.com or on his instagram: mlpinteriordesign


Penn Brook School Class of 2023

Sixth Grade Gift

Ryan was commissioned by the Penn Brook School Class of 2023 to create a sculpture that embodied the spirit of the new school and its graduating students. “Our Blossoms”, which is proudly displayed over the main entrance walkway of the school, is crafted of steel and recycled tin and took about six months to complete.

Press Release: http://georgetown.wickedlocal.com/news/20170607/penn-brook-sixth-graders-leave-blossoming-gift


"Spoon Platoon" Installation

At Our Neighbors' Table

Ryan enjoyed collaborating with artist Stephen Martin to create a wood and aluminum sculpture for Jardis-Taylor Center for Our Neighbors' Table’s capital campaign. The The Spoon Platoon Sculpture featured 171 spoons engraved with individuals, businesses, families, and neighborhoods who contributed to ONT's Capital Campaign. 

Press Release: http://www.ourneighborstable.org/newsevents/the-spoon-platoon-marches-out-hunger


Roots to Wings Installation

This hand hammered copper wall hanging was commissioned by the owners of Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing in Newburyport, Massachusetts. After thousands of hammer strikes, a solid sheet of copper was formed into the shape of their logo, measuring approximately 53” by 39”.

View their website at: www.rootstowings.com and stop by to check out my work in their beautiful new studio.

"On the outset, I knew this piece would be one of my favorites. Not only because how close the project was to home, but because it was something completely new for me as an artist. Copper is a fickle and sometimes unforgiving metal despite the malleability. I can’t wait to see how this piece ages over time, bringing a shimmering relaxation to the customers at Roots to Wings.”