RICHARD BYRNE - Owner/Founder

Richard Byrne began his career in 1978 working at Zaritsky Art Foundry in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel where he worked closely under Holocaust memorial sculptor Nathan Rapoport. Byrne moved to New York to continue to work with Rapoport at the Modern Art Foundry in Long Island and later moved on to the Tallix Foundry in Peekskill. Byrne went on to study all aspects of fine art casting at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in New Jersey where he specialized in structures, restoration and patina applications. Byrne was commissioned to work on several notable public sculptures, including Lorado Taft’s monumental sculpture The Blind.

In 1989 Byrne moved to Chicago and co-founded Great Lakes Metal Works & Art Studio with his wife, Donna Zarbin-Byrne. He has collaborated with architects, interior designers, and artists on a multitude of projects. He has created and restored a wide range of projects including fine art, architectural elements and furniture.


Donna Zarbin-Byrne received her MFA in sculpture with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She went on to intern at the Modern Art Foundry, focusing on bronze casting. She later worked at the Tallix Foundry while continuing her education at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. Since 1989 Zarbin-Byrne has contributed her design, patina, and sculptural talents to Great Lakes Metal Works & Art Studio. She has created numerous site-specific installations throughout the Great Lakes area. Zarbin-Byrne excels at translating a client's vision into a reality and facilitating that creative process.

Zarbin- Byrne has taught at Loyola University in Chicago and held many residencies for the Illinois Arts Council. She is currently a Teaching Artist for Art Encounter in Evanston, Illinois. She has created a number of public sculptures in Evanston and throughout the Midwest. She has exhibited her work nationally as well as locally at Chicago area galleries.   VIEW DONNA'S PORTFOLIO