Photo: Mark Sterner 

Photo: Mark Sterner 

As a young artist David Orth was asked to make a cremation urn - then another and another.  He didn't have a clue what an urn was supposed to look like, but sometimes not knowing is the beginning of some new ideas.

Orth loves this work and finds personal meaning in the stories he hears - and in applying his art to the most difficult human times of life.  

According to author James A. Mangum, "Orth's art is amazing, overwhelming . . . the primal vs the ethereal . . . rock and roll, the blues, arias."

David has taught Sculpture and Designed Objects at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has a graduate degree in philosophy from Northwestern, and has published several essays on the philosophy and psychology of design.  He teaches woodworking, metalworking, and boat building.  Studio visits by appointment.

David’s woodworking and metalworking studio is nestled in the rural hill country just northwest of Chicago.  His specialties are sculpture, furniture, & ceremonial objects.  Please visit his main website,, for more information.

David is a regular guy - don't hesitate to contact him with your questions or concerns.