BEVERLEY & PAUL WILLIAMS
Beverley and Paul established WILLIAMS DESIGN STUDIO in 1974
and for almost 50 years they have created award-winning artwork
in leather sculpture, masks and unique sculptural fountains in
brass, copper and stone and Beverleys decorated gourd art:
bowls, vases and masks.
In January 1977, they moved into their studio in Bethany,
in an early Ontario General Store, rebuilt in 1912 after
the GREAT FIRE OF BETHANY in November 1911. That terrible fire
had burned many of the old wooden buildings on the south side
of the village, creating a catastrophe that devastated the town
just before the winter.
The Bethany General Store was rebuilt by Thomas J. Jackson
and in 2023 was honoured by the City of Kawartha Lakes, giving
it a designation of historical importance because of the 'BOOM
TOWN FRONT' that has the original wooden lettering on each side
'Butcher', Grocer'. This style of architecture was very popular
in the 1800's for commercial establishments.
You can visit our studio in our restored early Ontario general
store and see Paul's workbench where he creates unique pieces
for customers from small dog collars to large wall sculptures
for public and private spaces.
Beverley works with hard shelled gourds creating fascinating
natural vases, masks and bowls by carving and wood-burning designs
into the hard gourd surface and sometimes adding interesting
metal, feathers and yarn pieces.
A highlight of visiting our studio is taking a tour our Secret
Garden with a dozen different water features. You can see
a variety of styles of fountains from those in a large pond,
to a water feature in a 'dry river bed' and smaller ones that
can be used indoors.
We are open year round, usually 95. but it is a good
idea to call first if you are coming a distance as we do visit
clients to install a water feature or wall sculpture.