About Ed Chope
Ed Chope Ed was born in Michigan and started his artistic career at the young age of 17 by making wax ring design settings for the New York gold and diamond jewelry market. In his twenties, he expanded his career by creating commissioned works for a bronze company in Bay City, Michigan. As his renown in the industry grew, he took on additional commissions including creating a series of five bronze eagles for American Bronze Foundry that were sold around the world. Today, these bronze eagles can be found in museums and public collections. Over time, sculpture became Ed’s main focus. For over 10 years, he created original works for Distinctive Stone Statuary’s concrete line. These works were sold in every major chain store including Home Depot, Builders Square, Ace Hardware, Lowes and thousands of independent stores across the U.S. While working at Distinctive Stone, Ed moved to BrevardCounty and taught sculpture in Titusville in the evenings. During this time, he also traveled extensively through France and spent a great deal of time in Paris studying art and the French language at the Sorbonne. While in Paris, he worked as a portrait artist and for a restoration company. He made molds for the plaster ceilings, learned the art of making plaster ceilings and turning plaster. He brought these special plaster skills back to the U.S. where he used the techniques to make fountains and many other items.