Bill Sorich has been producing metal art in his Santa Cruz mountain studio for over 25 years. His signature sculptures, gates and railings punctuate the scenic south bay rural roads.
Bill received a degree in welding technology from the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California and worked at Westinghouse Electric. His experience in industry resulted in an expertise in working with a variety of metals: copper, bronze, stainless steel, and wrought iron.
Bill's dream of his own studio was quickly realized when he found 65 acres in a rugged canyon. There he built his artist studio and home using recycled iron beams and redwood from old water tanks. From the beginning Bill was a proponent of solar energy and his first solar arrays were purchased under President Carter's solar tax credit. More panels and a wind generator have followed and today his shop is an environmental model of energy efficiency.
As an avid birder, Bill specializes in creating bird sculptures for the garden and home. One can find an assortment of owls, hawks, woodpeckers and vultures around his own house and deck. Bill and his partner Lisa enjoy entertaining guests with Bill BBQ-ing elk sausage on one of his animal or bird BBQs.
Bill has completed commissioned work for many private homes in the south bay. He also has work featured at Fogarty Winery, JS Bacchus Winery, and the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park where "John Wesley Owl" graces the atrium. His work has been featured at the San Francisco Garden Show and The Ecology Day at Runnymeade Farm.
He is an active member of the California Blacksmith Association, and has had work published in the magazine, California Blacksmith.