The Collaboratory

WORKING ART-Making ideas tangible as we make tangible ways-THE WHOLE WAY

WORKING ART-Making ideas tangible as we make tangible ways-THE WHOLE WAY

WORKING ART-Making ideas tangible as we make tangible ways-THE WHOLE WAYWORKING ART-Making ideas tangible as we make tangible ways-THE WHOLE WAY

creative transition retreat


Almost 3 years ago, after connecting for just one 60 Minute Welding Class, I became immersed in our first executive retreat alongside a high achieving, passionate, collaborative, culture loving, about to be in full transition, student! 

Fast forward...Over the past 2 years, Steve Pinetti has traveled from California on a monthly basis, for a week at a time, to our studio, The Collaboratory, here in Arizona. Becoming our very first executive retreat student! We've been immersed for up to 10 to 12 hours a day for 5 days straight, Making ideas Tangible, creating Working Art. Steve has been bringing the ideas and The Collaboratory has been making the way tangible, The Whole Way. 

Through the creative process of making ideas tangible, in steel, by dreaming, designing, engineering, welding, bending, cutting, collaborating, shaping and painting. One gets to participate in an awareness of life at a molecular level. The organic construction process that relates to everything and then being able to  apply  those same formulas to every part of life. We become aware and then intentional of our actual part in the cosmic process. The cause and effect!  Becoming more effective and productive in participating and growing in and with the human tapestry. 

Along the way we've also been able to excavate, design and sculpt more of our selves proactively and very much, On Purpose! By applying what were learning, we've both been deeply gifted and enriched in the process!


Transitional Development

The Creative Process

We've been trained on mass, for generations, to prioritize the outcome, whatever the cost and sometimes at great loss and discomfort to our individual and collective souls. The organic nature of the creative process has taught me, that we have every thing we need, how to let go, honor, enjoy and deeply value the magnificent and otherworldly qualities of The PROCESS. The biggest outcome of that for me has been to experience, practice and integrate more capacity, becoming a more present, loving, generous and impact-full, human being.   

Bringing forth and integrating, a whole new part of you - The Whole Way!

To me, art and creativity can act like a fishing rod to the soul. The process, the act of creating, organically (meaning: It's alive and unfolding and we are being guided by Inspiration (co-creation of the seen and unseen), it's timing, flow and direction.) becomes the fishing rod that hooks and pulls to the surface, the tangible idea, the gift, the surprises that are inside of us. Before now there was no way for the inside to rise, become known and be shared!

Moving forward

It's time for us all to become more of who we are, So that, we can share more of ourselves, with each other.....................

Much Love,



Bad Ass Dragon


Weighing in around 500 Ilbs this roaring chunk of steel was created with the leading criteria of it being "Bad Ass"! Steve came with a few photos for scale and style and off we went on this collaborative Dragon adventure to "Make his Idea Tangible"! This project took the 2 of us over 6 weeks and 10 hours a day, during the desert summer of 2017. Now it stands tall at the main front entrance of Steve's San Francisco family residence.

Harry Potter - Chamber of Secrets


For entrance #2 of Steve's San Fran residence we made another door cover. This time Harry Potter's chamber of secrets. Lots of fabrication detail on this project, especially making the snake and there are 7 of them. This project took us approx 4 weeks. See more pictures amongst Steve's full project album below.

18ft Steel Rose


One of our first projects, this 18 ft tall rose was Inspired by a 100 ft version, Steve saw in Vegas. We created it modular so that shipping and  installation in Steve's garden in San Fran  was pretty easy.  Loved the introduction of color to this piece. We always use car body paint for longevity and they have some of the most beautiful colors! We completed this project in one full week.

Family Sculpture Portraits


For Christmas 2017, we made sculptural portraits of all Steve's family members as his gift to them. It was so much fun detailing each piece to resemble the characteristics and passions of each of Steve's awesome family members. They Loved them too!

Life Journey Portrait


The Vision piece for Steve's life, as he describes it below in his testimony was really an incredibly divine unfolding. 

Family Tree (large scale cactus)




American Gorilla



Cat in the Hat



The Experience

Testimonial from Steve, following his first immersive retreat July 16th, 2016

Hey Ceri
I have now had a day to digest this past weeks experience with you.

When I signed up I just thought it would be very cool to learn more about what it meant to weld and maybe even perfect my abilities and never thought much more about what I was getting myself  into.

My time with you was one of the most profound experiences I have had in my life.

Welding is art - art is soul -  soul is life.

I loved how we navigate through our initial designs and thoughts for each piece and then ending up with something different because as we went along our thinking which was so fluid it could change course at any time - nothing to to get in our way except ourselves right - and our ideas and openness let us to the right place each time.

Everything we did was so unrestricted and free flowing - so natural.

I also loved how you opened me to the heart and soul for that would now live in each piece - no matter how big or small - every creation had meaning , purpose and told a wondrous story.

How you included family and roots into the heart of each piece which provided the grounding yet at the same time each piece celebrated the future and the unknown experiences in life still to be experienced was such a powerful way to get me to really think about my future and all the moving parts I needed to think about.

The vision piece for my life - well - you got me to blow my own mind with that piece. I don’t know if I let it come though how important - no how mind bending that was for me to verbalize all that we put into that small but powerful piece of life art. I feel even greater weight ( good weight) to really think through what we did and what it stands for - my direction and life going forward. It will be mounted where I will see it every day.

I know people will love the works when they see and can touch them but they will never really truly understand their meaning and purpose in how they came alive through the words we shared that led to their completion.

It was also fun to begin each day with a conversation on what was still going on in our heads about the day before and what our ideas for the coming day were.

I thought that process was so fun fluid and very collaborative.

Actually - turns out Everything we all do every day is collaboration - either within ourselves or with those around us.