Bunnies On Fire
Custom Fountains and Sculptures
About the Artist
I’m a Washington-licensed geologist/hydrogeologist who has managed environmental assessment and remediation projects across North America for more than 27 years. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2000, I began exploring areas detailed in Garret Romaine’s Gem Trails of Washington, a must-have for amateur and experienced rock hounds. My favorite location, Deer Creek, is the source of some amazing material including: nephrite jade; multiple varieties of serpentine; chrysocolla; grossular garnet; migmatite; and many other colorful metamorphic and igneous rocks.
In 2015 my sons and I stumbled upon a 120 pound piece of nephrite jade that we brought home and decided to polish. I purchased some cheap equipment and taught myself how to polish rocks, starting with softer volcanic mudstones and serpentines, then worked my way up to the much harder jades. It’s a perfect hobby for a geologist with an artistic side.
Although I enjoy making sculpted pieces, my hikes along the rivers and creeks inspired me to create water features using polished rocks gathered from all across the west coast of the United States. In the field I examine each rock for coloring (most are dull grey/green in the field and need to have a small window polished in them to evaluate their true potential), structure (size, shape, architectural lines), and integrity (grain size, cohesion, faults/cracks and other weak points) before deciding which ones are worth loading into my pack and hauling several miles back to my car. I frequently hike gravel bars in the rain since the rock’s colors are closer to the polished version when wet. I generally try to leave the rock’s form intact, although I occasionally carve bowls into the surface of flat rocks to create bird baths.
The finished rock is paired with a hand-made and hand-painted pot that is fired at a high temperature to create a product suitable for Pacific Northwest weather. Unlike the mass-produced fountains you see at big box stores, each Bunnies on Fire fountain is unique and will never be duplicated. Contact me by phone or email and I’ll send you photos of available pieces that suit your requirements (indoor, outdoor, size, and color preference) or I can add you to my mailing list and send photos of finished fountains before they become available to the general public.
Bunnies on Fire artist Jim Robert, based in Bothell, Washington, creates custom water features at prices that won’t break your budget. The sound of moving water, combined with brilliant rock and pottery color combinations, create a relaxing ambiance for patios, entryways, yards, and offices. Hummingbirds, finches, blue jays, and other birds are attracted to the fountains and frequently stop by to drink or bathe in the moving water. Pets will also use it as their own personal drinking fountain. The fountains are perfect for small children to play with as well. The pots are frost-resistant but I recommend that they be emptied and turned off during extended periods of freezing weather. Simply re-fill and plug in once the weather warms up. I’m constantly adding new inventory so contact me if you’re interested in owning your own piece of the Pacific Northwest! Installation is free if you live in King or Snohomish Counties.