A video of me welding in my studio a few years back :)
WHO IS COPPER KEILIGH?
Originally from North Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Kelly Smith Cassidy AKA, "Copper Keiligh" was born into a family of fine artists. In the 1950's, her grandparents participated in the first arts and crafts festivals in the USA. In the 1960's they owned galleries in Arizona and Colorado. Her parents, Richard Bell Smith and Blanca Borja Smith met at one such gallery owned by Richard's parents in Old Town Scottsdale in 1969. In 1971, they started creating welded bronze and copper sculptures and paintings and are still today creating one-of-a-kind original pieces inspired by nature. They have owned several galleries of their own since the 1970's. Kelly's first experiences have been of interacting with customers at their numerous galleries. She has a passion for cultivating long-lasting, and true relationships with her clients.
While in High School in the mid 1990's , Kelly decided to pick up the torch and create her own pieces using the same technique as her parents and putting her own flair and style into the pieces. The result are organically inspired sculptures which have been sold from California to Japan.
Within the almost 20 years that Kelly has been creating her artwork, she has sold hundreds of sculptures mostly through commission. Kelly is an artist at heart and uses her time to create and express in every way she can. She is also an actress having been in three commercials and 7 independent films, has been an artist model for such artists as (architect turned artist) Paolo Solari, painter Wei Tai and sculptor and painter Ramon Parmenter. She has written fiction, non-fiction (she currently writes for the Mountain News in Lake Tahoe and is writing a memoir of growing up in an artist's home), script writer, world traveler (15 countries and counting!), metaphysical/spiritual explorer, meditation and astrology teacher, musician, and soon-to-be iTunes Pod-Caster.
In 1997, while on vacationing on the first of 4 subsequent visits to Scotland (her father's ancestry is Scots-Irish), Kelly discovered the Scottish Gaelic word "Ceilidh" displayed on a sign while walking through a small town on an island in the Scottish Hebrides. "Ceiligh" is the Scots word for "Celebration" and the sign was advertising a traditional Scottish Ceiligh that very night. With her adventurous family in-tow, Kelly attended the celebration, danced the Highland Fling, won a bottle of Whiskey and discovered the name for her art business. "Keiligh" is actually "Kelly", but she thought it apropos to recreate the spelling of Kelly for her business name and thus, "Copper Keiligh Creations" ( Copper 'Celebration') was born.
Kelly went to Arizona State University West in Phoenix, AZ and later to The University of Phoenix for dual degrees in Marketing and Business Management. Her sole purpose for pursuing this dual degree was to aid her in her pursuit of owning her own art business as well as helping other artist pursue their dreams. Kelly conducts yearly workshops and seminars in marketing, business management and sales for artists. She mentors young art students in creating their own art business's.
Kelly lives in South Lake Tahoe, CA with her husband, Dr. Kevin Cassidy, a Dentist and their English Cream Golden Retriever, Kodiak Bear. She serves as Vice President of the Tahoe Art League.